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Evans unveils its plans for electronic waste recycling

EVANS — Evans Town Board Councilman Paul Cooper has provided local residents with an update about the town’s electronic waste recycling program.

Cooper revealed that things should be up and running as soon as warm weather comes to Western New York. He added that the town does have a contract for electronic waste pickup.

“There have been a lot of questions about the electronic recycling drop-off, and yes, we will be picking up E-waste items again this year as soon as the weather breaks,” he said. “As it is, the weather hasn’t been very conducive. We do have a contract in place through Erie County Northeast Southtowns Solid Waste Management with Sun King. When we call them, they will come out and take all of the E-waste away.”

As for the electronic waste items currently at the drop-off point, which is located behind the town’s water department at 8752 Delameter Road, Cooper admitted that future endeavors are going to take some luck, when it comes to the weather and getting things up to speed.

“Hopefully, when the weather breaks, we can bundle everything up and get it picked up,” he said. “With everything we have currently, I imagine that we’re going to have around 20 palettes. It’s been amazing really, the response, even though we’ve been asking people to hold off and dropping their E-waste off while we’ve been on hiatus.”

He thanked the residents of Evans and Angola for doing things responsibly. “If we, as a town, can help them out, we will,” he added.

Although the E-waste recycling drop off is technically currently in hiatus, Cooper said that he hopes people will make the environmentally friendly choice, by utilizing this local offering instead of polluting.

“We’d rather have them bring it down here, even though we haven’t been officially open, rather than to dump it in the ditch or put it out at the curb,” he said.

“This is a responsible means of doing it. It’s been kind of tough on our residents, because we haven’t had the official setup up and running. We’d still ask that if they can hold onto the item, please do, but if it’s really in the way and causing a problem for you, bring it down and we will take care of it. We would rather you do that than toss it on the side of the road somewhere.”

When the program is back up and running, Cooper said that plans call for an upgrade in facilities.

“Our goal is by spring to have a new hard structure that will replace our current canvas carport,” he said. “It’s not designed to last forever and we are in the process of purchasing a wooden shed, something more permanent and durable.”

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