More than 32 tons of scrap electronics — including old cell phones, computers and television sets — were collected at a recycling event last month at the General Motors plant on River Road, according to county officials.
County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz today hailed the program for giving residents a chance to safely dispose of potentially harmful materials “rather than keeping them in basements or garages or, worse yet, throwing them in the trash or dumping them down a water drain where they can pollute land and water.”
Two new household hazardous waste drop-off days also have been scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 17 at Erie Community College North Campus and on June 14 at ECC South Campus. Items which can brought to the sites for disposal include two gallons or less of pesticides, fertilizers, pool cleaning chemicals and household cleaners.
There will be a 10-gallon limit on oil-based paints, gasoline, kerosene and antifreeze, as well as a two-gallon limit on strippers and solvents. Lead acid and rechargeable batteries will be collected, in addition to mercury thermometers and thermostats, as well as full and empty propane tanks and cylinders.
Prohibited items include latex paint, automobile tires, electronic items, appliances, fluorescent bulbs and commercial or industrial wastes.
For more information on this event, call the Erie County Household Hazardous Waste 24-hour hotline at 858-6800 or visit online at www.erie.gov.