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Where we live: Town of Tonawanda 3/01

Town of Tonawanda

Electronic devices contain metals and hazardous elements, and a state law that took effect Jan. 1 prohibits people from throwing them away with the regular household trash.

The town, however, is one of the few municipalities that still collects electronics at the curb for recycling, even old cathode-ray tube televisions, which contain leaded glass and have become more expensive to recycle.

“This is getting harder and harder to do,” Highway Superintendent William E. Swanson told the Town Board last week. “We might have to think about getting out of that business. I know a lot of the towns are.”

The Town Board last week approved a one-year contract with Sunnking – a local electronics recycling firm. For CRT televisions, the town pays no charge for the first three months of the contract, then a rate that begins at 5 cents per pound collected and rises to 15 cents at the end of the contract.

Swanson didn’t have an estimate on how much collecting the old TVs would cost the town this year. But he did encourage residents to consider taking their old TVs to merchants such as Best Buy before placing them curbside next to their garbage totes.

The town already collects a tractor trailer full of goods every week, Swanson said.

“It’s full,” he said. “Sometimes in the summer we have to stockpile because we have so much of it.”

This week:

• The Ken-Ton School Board will hold a budget work session at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium of Hoover Middle School, 249 Thorncliff Road.

• A meeting of the Kenmore Village Board begins at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers at the municipal building, 2919 Delaware Ave. A work session begins at 6:30 in the mayor’s office.

• The Clean Air Coalition will provide an update on its campaigns in the Tonawandas on Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 at the Sheridan Parkside Community Center, 169 Sheridan Parkside Drive.

• The town’s Planning Board will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Room 21 at the municipal building.