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Senator Grisanti Sponsored Electronic Waste Collection Event A Success For Western New York
Senator Grisanti Sponsored Electronic Waste Collection Event A Success For Western New York

BUFFALO, NY- October 9, 2012- Senator Mark Grisanti (R,I-Buffalo)  today announced that more than 80,000 pounds of electronic waste were collected and recycled at a free event Saturday hosted by Senator Grisanti in cooperation with SunnKing Electronic Recycling Inc. at St. Amelia School. 
 
Residents of Tonawanda and throughout Erie County dropped off items as small as computer keyboards and as large as copy machines and flat screen televisions. Volunteers from the Town of Tonawanda Aquettes assisted with the unloading of cars in an effort to move the process smoothly along throughout the day. The success of this inaugural event has organizers planning a second event for next year.

"I am proud to have provided the citizens of Western New York with an easy way to empty out their basements or closets and responsibly recycle and dispose of e-waste materials. By orchestrating a convenient location to drop off these items, we have prevented them from being left at the curb and have helped make Western New York a cleaner, healthier place to live. The success of this event has us already discussing with SunnKing our next opportunity for collaboration," said Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60), Chairman New York Senate Environmental Conservation Committee. 
 
The average wait time per vehicle was less than 3-minutes. There were over 50 volunteers, from Senator Grisanti's office, local law firms, UB Law School, Tonawanda Aquettes, and throughout the community who helped unload the vehicles. The event filled 3 tractor trailers worth of electronics.
 
New York does not allow electronic products including computers, cell phones, CD players, cameras, office machines, electronic games and more to be thrown in with regular garbage. The law mandates proper disposal to keep materials like lead, nickel, cadmium and mercury from negatively impacting human health and the environment. The recycling of these materials provides the opportunity to recover valuable materials as well as helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pollution, saving energy and other natural resources by extracting fewer raw materials from the earth. 

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