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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2009 Archives > January 2009 > City of Buffalo, Erie County Announce 8th Annual January E-waste Recycling

City of Buffalo, Erie County Announce 8th Annual January E-waste Recycling Day

Source/Contact
Office of the Mayor
Peter K. Cutler
Director of Communications
716-851-4841

Event to be held at Buffalo State College on January 17th

The City of Buffalo and Erie County will sponsor a Residential Computer and Electronics Recycling Drop-off Day.  This free event will be held on Saturday, January 17, 2009 at Buffalo State College, and will be cosponsored by Buffalo State EverGreen and Buffalo AmeriCorps.  

Residents are encouraged to properly dispose of electronic equipment between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  Items accepted at this free-of-charge recycling event are computer systems (CPU’s, monitors, mice, keyboards, printers and scanners), cell phones, fax machines, wires, televisions, video games, VCR’s, DVD players, fluorescent bulbs and rechargeable batteries.  Participants must certify that their items are household generated, as commercial waste will not be accepted.

Clean textiles and clothing will also be accepted by AMVETS at this event.

“After the Holidays we are pleased to offer city and county residents the opportunity to properly and safely recycle unwanted computers and electronic items,” said Mayor Byron W. Brown.  “By participating in this event, residents are helping to reduce the amount of unsafe disposals in our area, which can be harmful to their health as well as the environment.”

Computers contain more than 100 hazardous chemicals, including PCB’s, lead, cadmium, barium and mercury.  Electronic items often contain useful materials including precious metals, glass and plastics.  These materials should be recovered, recycled or disposed of properly rather than buried in a landfill.  Recycling these products reduces the need to mine the earth for raw materials.

A previous recycling event held in January at the Buffalo Zoo resulted in the recovery of 40 tons of electronic items, including 1,000 monitors, 1,000 computers and 400 televisions.  This amounted to 20,000 pounds of lead that was not sent to the local landfills.  Approximately 1,000 residents participated in the last January recycling event.  For more information, call the Erie County Recycling Hotline at 858-6996 or visit our websites at www.buffalorecycles.com or www.erie.gov.