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Earth Day e-waste collection event draws huge turnout

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Tue, Apr 25th 2017 05:35 pm
A growing pile of televisions destined for recycling await pickup at an Earth Day e-waste collection event held Saturday, April 22, at GM Powertrain in Tonawanda.
A growing pile of televisions destined for recycling await pickup at an Earth Day e-waste collection event held Saturday, April 22, at GM Powertrain in Tonawanda.

Nearly 50 tons of electronic waste collected from record 646 cars at GM Powertrain event

The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning and partners have announced a record turnout for the Earth Day electronic-waste collection event held Saturday at the GM Powertrain plant in Tonawanda. A total of 646 households were served and almost 50 tons of e-waste collected during the event, which was sponsored by GM Powertrain, the UAW, Advanced Technology Recycling and Greif Industries. That was the largest recorded turnout for such an event at the site.

The 646 cars represent an increase of nearly 50 percent from previous years. Organizers said this underscores the public demand for e-waste recycling in the community.

Many discarded TVs were collected during the event, with numerous participants having multiple TVs and some pickup trucks filled with several TVs and computer monitors. Volunteers, sponsors' employees and ECDEP personnel staffed the event and assisted in keeping the e-waste recycling effort moving to serve as many households as possible.

For information on how to recycle e-waste, go to www.erie.gov/recycling.

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