It could be the end of an era. For nearly 30 years, the City of Batavia in Genesee County has contracted with the local ARC for trash and recycling, but that relationship is now being threatened.
"I like it because I got a good boss and, let's see, and a good paycheck," said Mark Daube.
Mark Daube has been working at the Genesee ARC recycling center for nearly 20 years. His main job is sorting glass.
"Like, save the planet."
Joanne Ladd has even more years under her belt: thirty.
"Sometimes it's cardboard I gotta get out of my paper. Sometimes it's jugs," she said.
Along with 16 other disabled employees, they are the paid staff of the Genesee ARC Trash and Recycling Center. For nearly thirty years, it's been the garbage service provider in Batavia, but with a future now in doubt.
The Batavia City Council is considering a new plan for garbage that saves a lot of money. The trade-off is that it most likely drops the ARC.
Since removing ARC's title as the city's preferred provider last year, City Manager Jason Molino has received four bids for a new garbage service.
Municipal law requires the city to accept the lowest. ARC's was the highest.
On Monday, hundreds turned out to tell City Council to halt the process.
The City's proposal also requires the new garbage service provider to make use of uniform totes. Right now with the ARC, Batavia residents don't have any uniform garbage container. Some don't even use containers, at all.
ARC has expressed a willingness to conform with the tote system, and all requirements that come with it.
The city's final decision is scheduled for February 25th.
Now, ARC supporters in the community are pleading with the city: don't bite the hand, that takes out your trash.