Reservations now being accepted; HHW voucher drop-off program also available
The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning has announced a free household hazardous waste collection event open to Erie County residents will be held Saturday, Oct. 9, in the City of Buffalo. This is an appointment-only event and reservations are now being accepted.
Residents can register for the household hazardous waste program by visiting www.erie.gov/recycling or by calling the HHW information line at 716-858-6800. The number of appointments for the collection event is limited, and residents will be provided with the specific address of the collection site after their reservation is confirmed.
People may also explore the year-round option of the county’s HHW voucher drop-off program, which allows Erie County residents to bring up to 50 pounds of eligible hazardous waste to Hazman, a private facility in Tonawanda, at no cost. Preregistration for this program is also required and can be done either by visiting www.erie.gov/recycling or by calling 716-998-8073.
“This program helps protect the environment, as well as the welfare of children, pets and first-responders, by collecting and disposing of hazardous materials safely,” said Bonnie Lange Lawrence, deputy commissioner of Erie County’s Department of Environment and Planning. “If you unable to participate in the October collection event, there is also an option to take your hazardous household waste to Hazman at your convenience, six days a week. Both of these options require a reservation, which keeps wait times to a minimum.”
Household hazardous waste that is eligible for collection and disposal includes unwanted household products labeled as flammable, toxic, corrosive or reactive. The most common products include pool chemicals, antifreeze, fertilizers, paint supplies, photo chemicals, pesticides and solvents. A list of acceptable and nonacceptable items can be reviewed at www.erie.gov/recycling.
Support for the HHW collection program is provided by the Northeast Southtowns and Northwest Solid Waste Management Boards, SUNY Erie, the City of Buffalo and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
For more information on the Department of Environment and planning, visit https://www2.erie.gov/environment/.