BRANT — The town of Brant is planning a ‘one-stop drop’ Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off event for later this year.
The event, in which residents can drop off any numbers of household wastes including flammable liquids, paints, sludges and solids, batteries, propane cylinders, gasoline, antifreeze, pesticides, herbicides, oils, fluorescent bulbs, aerosols, mercury, acids and bases, is tentatively set to take place at the Brant Town Park on Saturday, August 30.
Supervisor Leonard Pero says that there has been interest in an event such as this for quite some time, calling it a ‘one-stop drop’ of sorts. He added that due to the cost, it will be free only for residents of the town.
“We’ve had a lot of people interested in this event. It’s going to be a full event where people can drop off oil, prescription drugs, paints and much more,” Pero said.
“I think this is something that we need to do. We are not going to tie in with anyone else because of the cost, so it will be open to town residents, and if someone comes to the event from another community, they are going to have to pay.”
The town share for the Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off will be $2937.50, but Brant will receive a rebate since they will be collecting e-waste and tires as well. After the rebate, the total will come to $1,969 for the town. Pero added that he is going to seek out sponsors for the event to help defer the cost.
Councilman Jeffery Gier added that the event will help keep Brant clean.
“It’s better collecting it in one place than finding it on the side of the road somewhere throughout the town,” Gier said.
Pero then discussed the town’s electronic waste program, which has gone through some changes as of late. The town’s contract with Regional Computer Recycling & Recovery (RCR&R) ended June 1.
“We had Regional Computer Recycling & Recovery (RCR&R) collecting our e-waste, but we ran into a problem with them because they no longer wanted to take tubes and CRT’s, and that was costing us money.
“Now we are part of the bid with Erie County, which means that tubes, CRT’s and monitors will now be collected. Things might change down the road a ways in the future, but for right now then will take them.”
If the screen is broken or damaged and the insides of televisions or computers monitors are removed, the town will then be charged $0.35, so these will not be accepted. Pero added that the town will be paid $0.05 per pound for e-waste.
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