Tonawanda News

October 3, 2013

Electronic collection event brings in tons

Staff Reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — Tens of thousands of pounds of electronic waste were brought in Saturday during a free recycling event held at St. Andrew’s Country Day School in Tonawanda. 

Republican state Sen. Mark Grisanti, who is the chairman of the New York State Senate’s Environmental Conservation Committee and hosted the event along with Tonawanda City Mayor Ron Pilozzi, Time Warner Cable and SunnKing, called the collection process a success. 

“We collected close to 75,000 pounds and received many kind words from people who arrived in nearly 1,000 vehicles who came from Tonawanda, Kenmore, Buffalo and various other cities, towns and villages in the region,” he said. “I was pleased that they were able to take advantage of this free opportunity to clean out their homes and offices and dispose of their old electronic materials safely.”

Grisanti said he’s sponsored four such collection events during the last two years, while Saturday was the second held in Tonawanda. The state’s Electronic Equipment and Reuse Act requires manufacturers to provide free recycling of electronic waste for individuals, and businesses with less than 50 full-time employees. 

Consumers annually discard more than 400 million units of electronic waste, adding toxins such as lead and mercury into the environment, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.