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Residents upset about wind debris from recycling plant

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BUFFALO, N.Y.-- Residents in South Buffalo say they’re fed up with finding debris in their yards from the nearby Buffalo Recycling plant.

After heavy winds whipped through the area Friday, crews were cleaning up paper and plastic items Saturday morning.

"It was about knee deep in that area today. They took out about three bags of garbage. The cherry picker just does not reach far enough and can't even do the other side of the tree," said Neighbor Mary O'Connor.

These pictures, given to us by a neighbor, show just how much garbage gathered in yards.

The plant manager agrees that the cherry picker is not the best tool for the job and says the company will use an outside service to continue cleanup next week.

"It's an older truck. It’s the only one we were able to get here in a days notice. We’re having an actual tree removal service come in and do it for us," said Buffalo Recycling General Manager Scott Bradley.

The plant manager claims there was an excess of recyclable from the holidays that was picked up by the high winds.

"There may be other times where the pile may trickle just outside the doors. Or reach the end and we're just like any other production facility where we can endure breakdowns," said Bradley.

O’Connor says when the plant opened years ago, the facility agreed to be good neighbors.

“That promise was to recycle everything inside the building. I don’t want it in my front yard which is what they clean up. They do not come into our backyards," said O'Connor.

Many residents like O’Connor say they don’t want workers in their backyard for liability reasons. Bradley says workers are not allowed to enter backyards without the permission of owners. Going forward he says they will continue to look at improving operations.

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