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Erie County announces household hazardous waste drop dates

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Fri, Apr 28th 2017 03:55 pm

Department of Environment & Planning once again teams up with community partners for popular service

The Erie County Department of Environment & Planning, in cooperation with Erie Community College and the Northwest and Northeast Southtowns ("NEST") Solid Waste Management Boards, has announced "Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Days" will be held on Saturday, June 3, at the ECC South Campus in Orchard Park; and Saturday, Aug. 5, at the ECC North Campus in Williamsville.

Both events, which will be open to all Erie County residents between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., will allow for the safe disposal of hazardous items that cannot be thrown out in the regular garbage, helping to reduce pollution and the potential contamination of groundwater.

"Everyone wants to do their part in establishing a cleaner, greener Erie County, and proper disposal of household hazardous wastes is a good way for residents to play a role in that," Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said. "These free collection events are very popular and I am pleased we will again provide two opportunities this year for county residents to take advantage of this vital service. Thanks are in order for the staff of our Department of Environment & Planning, our community partners at ECC, the Northwest and NEST Boards, and other event supporters for their work in making these events possible."

Items that can be brought 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; latex paint does not need to be disposed of as household hazardous, waste and should not be brought to these events
  • Automobile tires
  • Computers and other electronics
  • Appliances
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Fluorescent bulbs
  • Commercial/industrial wastes

For more information on these events, for a full list of items that will be accepted, or for details on how to properly dispose of latex paint, call the Erie County Household Hazardous Waste 24-hour hotline at 716-858-6800 or visit www.erie.gov/waste.

Participants may need to verify their waste products were generated by households.

The June 3 event at the ECC South Campus is co-sponsored by the Northeast Southtowns Solid Waste Management Board while the Aug. 5 drop-off event is at the ECC North Campus and is co-sponsored by the Northwest Solid Waste Management Board.

Support for both events is provided by Erie Community College, NOCO Energy Corp., The Battery Post Inc., and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

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