North Tonawanda Mayor Arthur G. Pappas announced Friday that North Tonawanda Special Waste Drop-Off Day will be held between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Department of Public Works facility, 758 Erie Ave., North Tonawanda.
The event will include the collection of household hazardous waste items such as latex and oil paint, wood stains, automotive fluids, pesticides, fertilizers, household cleaners, driveway sealer, pool and photo chemicals and more. The event is being sponsored by New York State Sen. Robert G. Ortt, Pappas and the Niagara County Department of Public Works. North Tonawanda Common Council President Eric Zadzilka, aldermans-at-large Austin Tylec and Robert Pecoraro, Alderwoman Donna Braun and Alderman Mark Berube lend their support as well.
"On behalf of Sen. Ortt, the Niagara County Legislature, North Tonawanda Common Council, and the Department of Public Works, I would like to invite everyone from North Tonawanda to take advantage of this opportunity," said Pappas. "My administration is committed to being environmentally friendly and providing our residents ways to safely dispose of materials that are harmful to our environment and community."
"Ensuring we take advantage of these waste drop-offs is crucial if we are to keep our community clean and healthy for the next generation," said Ortt. "Far too often, we will see hazardous or harmful waste products improperly disposed of, leading to contamination and unintended consequences. I'm proud to sponsor this upcoming hazardous waste disposal event, as it will help give residents peace of mind from knowing that their hazardous household items are being discarded properly and that they are doing their part to help protect our environment from any potentially harmful situations."
Niagara County legislators Randy R. Bradt, Richard L. Andres and Kathryn L. Lance, who helped secure Niagara County Refuse District resources for the collection effort, praised the joint county-municipal effort this morning.
"Eliminating hazardous waste from our residents' homes and neighborhoods is a worthwhile goal for both county and city government," Bradt said. "We appreciate the strong communication and cooperation provided by city officials and Refuse District employees."
Lance said, "These collection events are an excellent opportunity for residents to take advantage of critical service to rid their homes of potentially harmful and undesired chemicals."
"I'm happy that the county and city can join forces and combine resources to benefit our citizens and the environment," said Andres.
Residents who want to participate in this year's event must schedule an appointment at www.rethinkyourwaste.com or call Niagara County at 716-439-7250.
According to Dawn Timm, Niagara County Environmental coordinator, the collection effort for the past four years has been a tremendous success with over 1,200 cars passing through and depositing over 110,000-lbs of household chemicals.