In conjunction with Earth Day 2022, Niagara County announced the expansion of its Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Program for the year.
The county will hold four collection events in addition to offering a self-transport voucher program, to allow for the safe disposal of materials such as gasoline and other automotive fluids, carbon-based paints oil, stains and varnishes, pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides and household cleaners. In addition, latex paints will now be accepted for recycling.
The four collection events, every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, are scheduled for: Lewiston Highway Department (June 18), Newfane Highway Department (September 17), Lockport City Freeway (Oct. 8) and Tonawanda North Public Works Department (Nov. 5).
Advance online registration is required for all fundraising events. Register at www.rethinkyourwaste.com/events. Registration opens one month before each event.
In addition, the county sponsors a one-year voucher program that allows county residents to dispose of 50 pounds of household hazardous waste free of charge, by bringing the materials to a facility in Tonawanda. To request a voucher, go to www.hazmanusa.com/calendar and choose Niagara County from the drop-down menu. Vouchers are available until December 31.
“We all know the three Rs of waste management, which are to reduce, reuse and recycle, and when it comes to household hazardous waste, that means recycling responsibly,” said lawmaker Will Collins, chairman. of the public works committee and the county. elimination district. “That’s why we’re excited to expand our RDD program for 2022, to make it easier for people to do the right thing.”
In the 10 years the county has had a household hazardous waste collection program in place, more than 900,000 pounds of harmful products have been removed from county homes, according to Dawn Timm, environmental coordinator.
Latex paint will now be accepted at all county collection events and through the voucher program.
“After hearing from residents about the desire to make it easier to recycle latex paint, we were part of a coalition that advocated for New York’s Paint Stewardship Act to make it a reality,” said said Timm. “The steps we take to encourage the recycling of paint and other RDD in a responsible manner ensure that these materials do not end up in our soil or water, protecting our local environment. And that’s what Earth Day is all about.