State Sen. Mark Grisanti hosted a free electronics recycling event Saturday in the Town of Hamburg, partnering with Hamburg Supervisor Steven Walters, Time Warner Cable and Sunnking.
The inaugural southtowns e-waste recycling event took place at Hamburg Town Hall and was deemed a success by the senator, who also serves as the chairman of the state Senate's Environmental Conservation Committee.
"We must dispose of electronic waste safely and responsibly, and this event gave residents of the southtowns an opportunity to do that at no charge to taxpayers," Grisanti said. "We collected close to 90,000 lbs. today and received many kind words from people and nearly 1,000 cars who came from Hamburg, Blasdell, Lake View, Orchard Park, Evans and various other towns and villages in the region. 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."
Time Warner Cable and Walters, who served as Grisanti's partners in the event, were also pleased with the turnout.
"Time Warner Cable was happy to partner with Sen. Grisanti to host this event in Western New York, which provided a safe option for the disposal of unwanted electronics," said Terence Rafferty, regional vice president of operations at Time Warner Cable.
"As we become increasingly aware of the impact of putting harmful materials into our landfills, it is essential that people be given a safe, easy and more environmentally friendly way to dispose of their old electronics," Walters said. "I was thrilled to be able to team up with Sen. Grisanti to provide this important service to our residents that allowed them to properly dispose of these items."
The event marks the third free electronics recycling event that Grisanti has sponsored in his district. Earlier this year, the senator and representatives from Sunnking were in the Town of Grand Island and last year held an event in the Town of Tonawanda.