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Household hazardous waste collection event comes to ECC South

by jmaloni


Fri, Jun 5th 2015 10:55 am

Event planned for Saturday, June 13, provides safe disposal of household chemicals, paints, more

The Erie County Department of Environment & Planning, in cooperation with Erie Community College and Northeast Southtowns Solid Waste Management, reminds residents a "Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Day" will be held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at the ECC South Campus.

In May, 1,127 cars participated in a similar event at ECC North, which collected 15,552 gallons of paint, among other household wastes. These highly popular collection 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.

"These collection events are a free and proper way for residents to get rid of household wastes in a manner that is safe to them and to the environment," Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said. "Thanks to the efforts of the Department of Environment & Planning and their partners, we are creating a cleaner and greener Erie County."

Participants should enter ECC South Campus from Big Tree Road - Route 20a.

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 that wastes are generated by households.

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.

For more information on the Erie County Department of Environment & Planning, visit http://www2.erie.gov/environment/.

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