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JULY 22 - JULY 30, 2014

New Recycle Totes: Big Green and Insatiable

By Anna M. Howard

July 22, 2014

While the council tabled the new garbage ordinance, and it's unclear when the new totes will be required, $2 million was spent on them, and they have now arrived_

I received my official, new, 96-gallon city recycling tote just the other day.

If the Jolly Green Giant had a wastebasket I imagine it would be this size.

The tote, along with the more modest trash tote of 64 gallons, announced itself loudly as they were bounced from the delivery truck by a crew of five fast- moving workers slowly driving down my street.

One was the driver, two men were inside the truck tossing them on the street with a thud, one man was wheeling them to the curbsides, house by house, and the fifth man was recording individual tote codes on a handheld device. 

As I rolled the green recyclable tote to my house, I was overcome with the same feeling a person gets in a restaurant when the waiter brings your surprisingly large food portion… a portion so sizeable that you ask yourself “what was I thinking?”

Yeah, what was the Dyster administration thinking?

Mayor Paul Dyster has now assigned all households a 96-gallon recyclable tote and he wants to see every effort made by all residents to fill these monstrously large recycling receptacles. In fact, these recycling totes are the largest of their kind as far as we know.  Additionally, Niagara Falls is the only community where the recycling tote is larger than the regular trash tote. 

What’s with that, Mr. Mayor? You have yet to answer that question.

So, how large is a Niagara Falls recycling tote?

It’s so large that you have room for all your recyclables with space left over for what remains of Dyster’s political career.

How is the new recycling tote like Mrs. Jolly Green Giant? They’re big, green, and insatiable.

That’s enough fun, go recycle!  







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