by Susan Mikula Campbell
The first neighborhoods affected by Wheatfield's revised recycling program with Modern Corp. rolled out their new 64-gallon carts to the curb this week.
The first pickups started Monday, April 2, for those assigned for B week pickup. All A week customers will put out their new recycling carts next week.
Garbage pickup remains on an every-week schedule, but recycling now is picked up every other week.
Joe Hickman, sales and municipal accounts manager for Modern Disposal, said that although with any new program there's some missteps at first, "it's been very well received."
There was some confusion with the month starting on a B week. Hickman advised customers to refer to the calendars delivered with their recycling carts and follow that schedule.
Melissa Germann, who was hired by the town to help with the startup of the new program, said the information also is available on the town's website.
At Modern's request, one area did get both its recycling and garbage pickup moved from Thursday to Friday to help with route balancing. That area will have its first recycling pickup next week. It includes Stenzel Avenue, Homeyer Road, Church Road, Maple Drive, Alder Creek Drive, and Ward and Witmer roads south of Niagara Falls Boulevard and the following streets west of Witmer Road: David Drive, Dawn Court, JoAnn Court, Ferchen Road, Blue Heron Court, Mallard Court, Lakeside Court, Pine Lake Drive, Akshar Court and Kusum Court.
Hickman said a couple of customers put garbage in the recycling carts instead of items for recycling. Those carts were not picked up. Those customers have to take the garbage out of the recycling carts and put it in their regular refuse containers. The list of acceptable materials for recycling is on the lids of the recycling carts.
Hickman said any items too large for the recycling carts, such as a hose reel or play furniture, can be placed beside the carts for pickup. And, he pointed out, anyone who wants to get rid of their old recycling bins can put them either inside the carts or on top of the carts. "They will be recycled," he said.
Germann advises town residents with questions about the town's recycling program to email email@example.com or call the town clerk's office at 694-6441.