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City, county collect seven years worth of waste during drop off day

NORTH TONAWANDA - In the spirit of keeping the environment clean and encouraging residents to recycle, North Tonawanda recently hosted a Special Waste Drop-off Day on Erie Avenue, at the Public Works Garage. Joined by Senator George Maziarz, Superintendent of Public Works Brad Rowles, and the North Tonawanda Police Department, members of the department of public works were led by Dawn Timm, Niagara County Environmental Organizer as they stood by to collect Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and Electronic Waste (E-Waste).

The event welcomed 450 vehicles from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, of which 339 of those vehicles were filled with strictly HHW materials. Those materials included cans of paint, spray paint, pesticides, etc. The remaining vehicles were present to drop-off E-Waste, which included computer towers; radios; telephones; televisions; etc.

By bringing these household items to the drop-off event, the materials will be disposed of in the proper way, as opposed to getting dumped into a landfill.

“The E-waste wouldn’t get processed the right way, so that’s why we host this event,” said Bob Welch, secretary to the mayor. “This was the first time we hosted an event in seven years and we intend to host one annually now, but if people ever want to dispose of oil or televisions they can take it to the DPW anytime during working hours.”

The DPW garage is located at 758 Erie Ave., North Tonawanda.

The event allowed for the collection of two trailers, which equates to approximately 20,000 pounds of HHW, and 24-pallets of E-Waste.

The event, which was sponsored by Niagara County, is a service provided by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Niagara County Refuse Disposal District.

“There was non-stop traffic, the event was a huge success,” said Welch.

For more information, visit www.rethinkyourwaste.com. or call 434-6568.
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