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Nearly 1,100 households drop off hazardous waste at Erie County event

Nearly 1,100 households participated in a household hazardous waste collection event last Saturday at Erie Community College’s South Campus in Hamburg.

Here’s what materials were collected, according to the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning:

• About 1,150 gallons of waste oils

• 228 gallons of gasoline

• 295 gallons of antifreeze

• About 12,119 gallons of oil-based paint

• About 5,632 aerosol cans

• About 880 gallons and 2,640 pounds of pesticides

• 220 large propane tanks and 1,320 small tanks

• 330 gallons and 165 pounds of corrosive acids

• Quantities of mercury

“Again this month we see the importance of these types of collection events, with over 1,000 residents taking the opportunity to safely dispose of these products that cannot be thrown in the trash or flushed down the drain. Participants in these events understand the importance of responsible disposal of these items and I thank them for their help in protecting our environment,” Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said in a statement.

A similar event in May collected waste from 827 vehicles at ECC’s North Campus in Amherst, county officials said.