City to Host Free E-Waste Collection Day

 

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The City of Rochester will host a free electronic recycling collection day, or E-Waste Day, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat. Oct. 15 at Rhinos Stadium, 460 Oak St. (Smith Street entrance).

“The citizens of Rochester take rightful pride in the efforts we make each year to protect and sustain our environment,” said Mayor Warren. “E-Waste Day creates an opportunity to keep the heavy metals and other materials associated with electronic waste out of our landfills. By keeping our city clean and healthy, we are creating a better place to create more jobs, safer, more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities in our schools.”

E-Waste Day will provide the community with a safe method of recycling unwanted or outdated electronics at no cost.

City residents can drop off for free disposal electronics such as:

  • laptops
  • desktops
  • computer accessories
  • TVs
  • monitors
  • audio/video equipment
  • mp3 players
  • communications equipment
  • servers and IT equipment
  • printers
  • scanners
  • copiers
  • fax machines
  • cellphones
  • PDAs
  • medical/lab equipment
  • anything else with a circuit board or cord!

 Please do not bring items containing Freon (air conditioners, de-humidifiers, refrigerators, etc.), gas-powered equipment or household hazardous waste.

The City Code was amended in January to be brought into compliance with the  New York Environmental Conservation Law, prohibiting the disposal of electronic waste through curbside refuse collection. Violation of the new code could result in a $25 fine.

Each year, the United States produces up to 50 million tons of electronic waste, of which 20 to 25 percent is recycled safely and responsibly. The rest ends up in landfills. Many of the materials found in electronic devices are extremely hazardous. When these items go to landfills, a number of chemicals can contaminate the air, water and soil. These toxic materials can have dangerous impacts on the health of plants, animals and citizens.

E-Waste Day is co-sponsored by State Senator Joseph Robach, SunnKing Electronic Recycling and the Rochester People’s Climate Coalition