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Erie County will offer an electronic collection event on Earth Day

Old computers, cellphones, televisions and other recyclable electronics will be collected from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the GM Tonawanda Engine Plant, 2995 River Road.

The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning has partnered with the GM Tonawanda Engine Plant to offer the no-cost collection event for the past eight years. Local manufacturer Grief joined as a sponsor for the 2017 Earth Day collection.

Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz called the event a "safe and easy way" for Erie County residents to recycle electronics at no cost and also making sure these electronics are put back into use, rather than being dumped in a landfill or incinerated.

Items accepted include: televisions, computers, printers, scanners, monitors, keyboards, cables, game systems, digital cameras, DVD players, satellite receivers, circuit boards, tablets and rechargeable batteries.

TVs and monitors with broken glass, household appliances, microwaves, hazardous, pharmaceutical and commercially generated waste will not be accepted. Participants may be asked to verify that materials are generated by a household.

More information on the collection and a full list of what will be accepted is available on the Erie County website.

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