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Erie County announces hazardous household waste drop-off dates

by jmaloni


Tue, Apr 28th 2015 07:00 am

Department of Environment & Planning, partners schedule return of popular service

The Erie County Department of Environment & Planning, in cooperation with the Town of Amherst, Erie Community College, and Northeast Southtowns Solid Waste Management has announced hazardous household waste drop-off days will be held Saturday, May 9, at the ECC North Campus and Saturday, June 13, at the ECC South Campus. Both events run from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and are open to all Erie County residents. The events allow for the safe disposal of hazardous items that can't be thrown out in the regular garbage, helping to reduce pollution and potential contamination of groundwater.

"Providing residents with a free, safe way to dispose of hazardous household waste items is a smart way to protect people and the environment. These items can be cleaned out of garages and basements and brought to the drop-off site for disposal as we all work to create a cleaner, greener Erie County," Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said. "As we've seen in past years, these events are very popular and well-attended. I want to thank the staff in the Department of Environment & Planning, as well as their partners at ECC, the Town of Amherst, NEST and other event supporters, for their work in once again facilitating this vital service."

Items that can be brought to the site for disposal include:

  • Pesticides, fertilizers, pool and household chemicals/cleaners (limit two gallons or 20 pounds)
  • Oil-based paints, spray cans (limit 10 gallons)
  • Paint thinner, stripper and solvents (limit two gallons)
  • Batteries (lead acid and rechargeable)
  • Oil, gasoline, kerosene, antifreeze (limit 10 gallons)
  • Mercury (thermometers, thermostats, metal)

Items that will not be accepted include: latex paint, automobile tires, computers and electronics, appliances, pharmaceuticals, fluorescent bulbs, commercial/industrial wastes.

Participants may need to verify wastes are generated by households.

The May 9 drop-off event at the ECC North Campus is co-sponsored by the Town of Amherst. The June 14 event at the ECC South Campus is co-sponsored by the Northeast Southtowns Solid Waste Management board. Support for both events is provided by ECC, Elwood Fire Protection Inc., NOCO Energy Corp., The Battery Post Inc., and the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

For more information on this event, or on the proper disposal of latex paint, call the Erie County household hazardous waste 24-hour hotline at 716-858-6800 or visit www.erie.gov/environment.

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