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Erie County holding 5 hazardous waste collection events in 2019

If you have old oil-based paint, fertilizer or pesticides lying around in your basement, garage or shed, 2019 is your lucky year.

Erie County is increasing the number of free opportunities for county residents to rid their household of potentially dangerous chemicals as part of its yearly household hazardous waste collection program.

The Department of Environment and Planning will hold five collection events throughout the county: May 11 in Clarence; June 15 at Erie Community College South Campus in Orchard Park; Aug. 10 at ECC South Campus; Sept. 14 in Concord; and Oct. 5 in Buffalo.

Residents will have to preregister online or by phone to participate, County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said in statement Friday.

The specific locations of the drop-offs will be provided during preregistration. For more information, visit erie.gov/environment or call 716-858-6800.

Acceptable items for drop-off include household chemicals and cleaners (though no more than two gallons or 20 pounds per person); up to 10 gallons of gasoline, kerosene and antifreeze; up to two gallons of paint thinner, stripping chemicals and solvents; rechargeable batteries, mercury and mercury-containing devices; fire extinguishers; and 1-pound propane tanks, such as the kind used for camping stoves.

Items that will not be accepted include motor oil, latex paint, automobile tires, computers, TV sets and other electronics, smoke detectors, appliances, pharmaceuticals, fluorescent bulbs, any kind of commercial or industrial wastes, lead acid batteries and 20-pound propane tanks.

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