Tonawanda News — For those anticipating Erie County’s yearly hazardous drop-off dates the time has nearly arrived.
The county allows residents to rid themselves of a limited amount of household wastes not fit for the landfill such as pesticides, oil-based paints, batteries and propane tanks, free of charge, one or twice each year.
But while county officials laud the venture held at two Erie County college campuses, environmentalists and the hundreds of thousands of residents who live in the county often question why there isn’t a more permanent location and steadier options.
”As we saw in 2012, these events are important to residents and are very well attended,” said Mark Poloncarz, Erie County executive, who added the effort helps to create a cleaner, greener county.
Yet residents are only permitted to bring in 10 gallons of paint or fertilizers and 2 gallons of solvents and thinners that environmentalists fear will lead them to hide the toxic products in the trash, hoping to squeeze them by when convenient.
Still, despite the limited options, which are not mandated by New York state, those who change the oil in their vehicles without the assistance of a mechanic, take care of their lawns and do their own painting have a place to turn.
”This is a great opportunity to do some spring cleaning around your home and remove hazardous waste,” said Lynn Dixon, District 9 county legislator. “Items will be accepted for free and through this event all collected materials will be disposed of properly.”
The drop-offs will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Erie Community College’s North Campus on May 18 and the south campus June. 15. For more information on what items are accepted go to www2.erie.gov/environment.