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Brant adjusts its waste pickup arrangements

BRANT — The town of Brant has announced that it will no longer be paid for e-waste recycling and will be charged for certain items. Despite this announcement, the Brant Town Board said, during the Oct. 8 meeting, that it will continue with the program.

Supervisor Leonard Pero cited a letter received from Regional Computer Recycling & Recovery that said the company could no longer reimburse the town for waste pickup, because of rising costs.

“The eWASTE Alliance Network is not sustainable, because the costs to operate the program are significant and the funding we receive to cover these costs is insufficient,” RCR&R said.

RCR&R added that, effective Nov. 1, it will no longer be able to accept cathode ray tube-containing devices, such as TVs and computer monitors, “because the cost of collection, handling and proper recycling of such devices are too high.”

The company added, “We hope that the situation improves over time and, if appropriate and reliable funding becomes available in the future, RCR&R will reconsider our handling fee for CRT devices.”

The town board set a $10 fee per CRT items for non-residents.

“Recycling in the town of Brant has been very, very successful,” Pero said. “We’re very happy to be working with RCR&R and it’s been a win-win situation for the town. We purchased a wooden storage building that has been paid for by the monies that we had been receiving for all of our materials. We’re disappointed that RCR&R cannot continue with this, but we understand that costs are going up.”

Pero said that he would like to continue with the existing arrangement, “and the board feels the same way, because this program keeps TVs, computers and monitors off our streets and out of our ditches and garbage dumps. We will not be paid anything for the recycling materials anymore and will actually be charged for the CRT items and need to reimburse ourselves for this cost, with non-residents paying $10 per CRT item. We’ll subsidize the costs to our residents, so they can continue without cost.”

RCR&R will continue to pick up recycling items once per month. Pero was informed that the cost for a town the size of Brant will be between $50 and $55.

In other news:

– The Brant Police Department is investigating several larcenies in the Lotus Point and Old Lake Shore Road area, where several items were taken from vehicles, sheds and porches. Anyone who sees anything suspicious is asked to call the police. The department additionally suggested that locals lock vacant vehicles and houses, as all affected vehicles were unlocked.

– The town has named its priority list for this year’s Community Development Block Grant funding period. Included are town sidewalks: Brant-North Collins Road ($40,000, 25 percent match [cash or in-kind services]). Rural/Transit van service and senior community Building entrance ($35,000, no match).

– A public hearing regarding the budget will be held at 8 p.m. on Nov. 12. The tentative budget reflects a 1 percent decrease in the town’s tax rate.

– Public hearings will also be held regarding the 2 percent tax cap, at 8:20 p.m. on Nov. 12, and about the fire and ambulance contracts at 8:30.

The next Brant Town Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 12.

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