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EC Department of Environment & Planning announces 2019 household hazardous waste collection program

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Thu, Feb 21st 2019 08:50 pm

Series of 5 collection events from May-October; pre-registration required to participate

Locations around Erie County will provide greater access, ease of disposal

The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning (“DEP”) has announced changes to the yearly household hazardous waste collection schedule following a comprehensive review of the program. In an attempt to reduce wait times and make it easier for more residents to properly dispose of these hazardous materials, DEP is now planning five collections at multiple locations in 2019 to provide greater access for this service throughout the county. In conjunction with this change, residents will be required to pre-register to attend a collection event.

“These collection events have become hugely popular and provide residents with a responsible way to get rid of household wastes that should not be put in the regular garbage,” Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said. “Through these events, we are protecting our water supply, taking potentially harmful substances out of residents’ garages and basements, and creating a cleaner Erie County. We look forward to implementing this new format to help make this process as convenient and efficient as possible and help more residents rid their homes of hazardous household waste.”

The 2019 dates and locations for household hazardous waste collection are as follows:

  • May 11 – Clarence
  • June 15 – SUNY Erie Campus
  • Aug. 10 – SUNY Erie Campus
  • Sept. 14 – Concord
  • Oct. 5 – Buffalo

“The City of Buffalo is pleased to join Erie County’s household hazardous waste program,” Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said. “I encourage all City of Buffalo residents to take advantage of these convenient locations.”

NOTE: Specific location and times will be provided at time of preregistration, which will be required online or by phone beginning 30 days prior to each event. Each collection event is open to all Erie County residents. The events will provide no-cost, proper disposal of hazardous items that should not be disposed of in the regular garbage. For more information, visit www.erie.gov/environment or call 716-858-6800.

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)
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Gasoline, kerosene, antifreeze (limit 10 gallons)
  • Mercury and mercury-containing devices
  • Fire extinguishers
  • One-pound propane tanks (used for camping stoves)

Items that will not be accepted include:

  • Motor oil: Up to five gallons of used oil per person per day can be recycled at no charge at any service establishment that sells at least 500 gallons per year of new oil and performs vehicle servicing. For more information, click here.
  • Latex paint: Latex paint is not hazardous waste and should not be brought to these events. For information on how to dispose of latex paint, click here.
  • Automobile tires
  • Computers, TVs and other electronics
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Appliances
  • 20-pound propane tanks
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Fluorescent bulbs
  • Commercial/industrial wastes
  • Lead acid batteries: Retailers must accept, free of charge, up to two used batteries per month from any individual. For more information, click here.

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

Increasing attendance at these events in recent years has brought a commensurate increase in service delays, as well as the number of staff and volunteers needed to serve more than 1,000 households at each event. A full evaluation of Erie County’s hazardous waste collection program, which included comparisons to other programs around the state, was made possible by a grant from the New York State Department of State.

For more information on these events, or for details on how to properly dispose of motor oil, latex paint and other materials, visit www.erie.gov/waste, or call the Erie County household hazardous waste 24-hour information line at 716-858-6800.

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