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Erie County recycling community forum to provide expert insights on recycling, reuse

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Tue, Jul 16th 2019 09:55 am

Free workshop focuses on recycling, waste reduction; community input sought on local solid waste management plan

The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning is partnering with local solid waste management boards to host “Let’s Talk Recycling,” a community forum to be held from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, at the Erie County Emergency Training Facility Auditorium, 3359 Broadway, Town of Cheektowaga. This free workshop will feature local recycling experts who will be able to answer questions on recycling directly from constituents; offer an opportunity to learn what one can recycle and reuse; as well as where things go after people move them at the curb.

“This free workshop will provide answers to the questions many people have about what can be recycled, what should be reused and how to do that, and other ways to diminish the waste stream,” Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said. “In addition, participants will be able to add their own input on solid waste management in our region and how it should be handled going forward. It’s important that the public plays a role in these decisions and this forum will provide a way to do that.”

Following the discussion on recycling and waste reduction, the public will have an opportunity to add comments and input on the proposed local solid waste management plan for both of the solid waste management boards in Erie County, the Northeast South Towns and Northwest Communities Solid Waste Management boards. The waste management plan provides a snapshot of the current state of local “Reduce, Re-use, Recycle” options in the county, as well as the current state solid waste management plan in Erie County’s respective municipalities. Community input is sought to help this plan both set solid waste methods and goals and form the paths to achieve them. The waste management plan will have implications for the region’s waste reduction options for the next 10 years.

Light refreshments will be served. Local solid waste management plan drafts can be found at www.erie.gov/recycling.

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