Tonawanda News

May 2, 2014

More than 32 tons of electronics recycled in town

Staff Reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — More than 65,000 pounds of scrap electronics were collected at the recent recycling event held in April at the GM plant in the Town of Tonawanda, a statement from Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz’s office announced.

Computers, televisions, cell phones and numerous other types of electronics were donated by 537 people, and 20 volunteers handled the unloading and organization. The volunteers unloaded two cars per minute — or about 800 pounds of recyclables per hour, per person. 

“I want to thank the Department of Environment and Planning, along with their partners, for coordinating this important and well-attended recycling event. Their efforts directly resulted in a cleaner environment in Erie County,” Poloncarz said. 

These events prevent potentially harmful materials from getting thrown in the trash or down a water drain, where they can pollute land and water, Poloncarz noted.

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Days are set for 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on May 17 at the Erie Community College North Campus, and for 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on June 14 at the Erie Community College South Campus. 

Items that can be brought to the events include pesticides, fertilizers, pool and household chemicals, paints, spray cans, paint thinner, solvents, batteries, oil, gasoline, kerosene, antifreeze, mercury and propane tanks. 

Latex paint, vehicle tires, computers, electronics, appliances, fluorescent bulbs and commercial wastes will not be accepted. For more information on the event or on the disposal of latex paint, call the Erie County Household Hazardous Waste 24-Hour Hotline at 858-6800 or visit www.erie.gov.