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Town of Tonawanda to stop collecting cathode ray tube devices

Devices containing cathode ray tubes will no longer be accepted for curbside pickup in the Town of Tonawanda beginning Jan. 1, town officials said.

Due to the high volume of material collected, the town was forced in late 2014 to start paying for disposal of CRTs, William E. Swanson, Superintendent of Highways, said in a news release.

Since the state’s Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act was signed into law in 2010, the town has collected over 1 million pounds of televisions and computer monitors containing CRTs, Swanson said.

Cathode ray tubes are vacuum tubes containing one or more electron guns and a phosphorescent screen used to view images and are found in televisions and computer monitors.

Residents may still dispose of all other electronics at the curb, such as computers, radios, mp3 players and LCD and LED televisions and monitors.

Visit for a list of places to dispose of CRT items. Residents with questions may call the Highway Department at 875-8822 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.