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4/14/14: Poloncarz Announces Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Dates


Department of Environment & Planning, Partners Schedule Return of Popular Service

ERIE COUNTY, NY— The Erie County Department of Environment & Planning, in cooperation with the Town of Amherst, Erie Community College, and the Northeast Southtowns Solid Waste Management Board (“NEST”) has announced that “Hazardous Household Waste Drop-off Days” will be held on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at the ECC North Campus and on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the ECC South Campus. Both events are open to all Erie County residents between the hours of 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM and allow for the safe disposal of hazardous items that can’t be thrown out in the regular garbage, helping to reduce pollution and potential contamination of groundwater.

“Providing residents with a free, safe way to dispose of hazardous household waste items is a smart way to protect people and the environment. These items can be cleaned out of garages and basements and brought to the drop off site, no questions asked, for disposal,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. “As we’ve seen in past years, these events are very popular and well-attended. I want to thank the staff in the Department of Environment & Planning, as well as their partners at ECC, the Town of Amherst, NEST and other event supporters, for their work in once again facilitating this vital service.”

WHAT:      Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Days

WHERE:    ECC North Campus (enter from Wehrle Drive) Saturday, May 17, 2014

                      ECC South Campus (enter from Rte. 20a) Saturday, June 14, 2014

WHEN:      9:00 AM – 2:00 PM each day

ITEMS WHICH CAN BE BROUGHT TO THE SITE FOR DISPOSAL INCLUDE:

•         Pesticides, Fertilizers, Pool and Household Chemicals/Cleaners (limit 2 gallons or 20 lbs.)

•          Oil-based Paints, Spray cans (limit 10 gallons)   

•          Paint Thinner, Stripper and Solvents (limit 2 gallons)

•          Batteries (lead acid & rechargeable)

•          Oil, Gasoline, Kerosene, Antifreeze (limit 10 gallons)

•          Mercury (thermometers, thermostats, metal)

•          Propane tanks & cylinders (full or empty)

ITEMS WHICH WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED INCLUDE:  latex paint, automobile tires, computers & electronics, appliances, fluorescent bulbs, commercial/industrial wastes.

The May 17 drop off event at the ECC North Campus is being co-sponsored by the Town of Amherst.  The June 14 event at the ECC South Campus is co-sponsored by the Northeast Southtowns Solid Waste Management Board.

For more information on this event, or on the proper disposal of latex paint, please call the Erie County Household Hazardous Waste 24-Hour Hotline at (716) 858-6800 or visit www.erie.gov .