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Lockport to begin surveillance on e-waste drop-offs

LOCKPORT – The Police Department will install a surveillance camera next week on the city’s electronic waste drop-off site, and illegal disposal of appliances will be prosecuted, Mayor Anne E. McCaffrey announced.

The city allows free disposal of electronics from 10 a.m. to noon on the first and third Saturdays of every month on the South Street of the Harrison Place complex. Dumping goods there at any other time is not allowed.

“There’s been so many TVs, I can’t believe there’s any left in the city,” McCaffrey marveled.

The video camera will be used to prosecute illegal dumping. “This will be strictly enforced from now on,” the mayor said.

City Clerk Richelle J. Pasceri said the penalties are up to $100 for a first offense, $200 for a second offense and $300 for subsequent offenses, plus the cost of cleanup and disposal. However, a commercial dumper’s fines would start at $1,000, with a $2,500 for a second violation and $5,000 thereafter.

Alderwoman Kathryn J. “Kitty” Fogle, R-3rd Ward, seemed unimpressed by the new policy. “They’ll just dump them on Glenwood,” she said, referring to Glenwood Avenue, a remote area in northern Lockport.