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Looking for a legal way to get rid of the old paint, pesticides, tires and propane cylinders that seem to be taking up more and more space in the basement or garage?

Cheektowaga will be host to one of the county's hazardous waste drop-off days from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 23 at the town's sanitation garage at 3175 Union Road near Broadway, according to Council Member James J. Jankowiak, the Town Board's sanitation and recycling chief.

And he promises no repeat of traffic backups triggered at last year's drop-off by a freshly resealed parking lot.

"We're meeting with the police and highway people to make sure traffic moves more smoothly this year," Jankowiak said.

The list of items that county residents can drop off for legal, environmentally safe disposal include:

As much as two gallons of pesticides and 20 pounds of fertilizers.

As much as 10 gallons of oil-based paint.

As much as two gallons of paint thinners and solvents.

Lead acid car and dry-cell batteries.

As much as 10 gallons of oil, antifreeze and gasoline.

No more than two automobile tires without rims.

Mercury thermometers and thermostats.

Propane tanks and cylinders.

People with questions, especially about limits and exactly what is acceptable, may call 858-6800, the county's household hazardous waste hot line, next month. No hazardous waste from businesses or commercial establishments will be accepted.

The Cheektowaga drop-off is one of the biggest in the county in terms of participants and volumes of waste collected, Jankowiak said. The town will apply for a state grant to pay for half the $25,000 cost, he said.

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