Seneca County Earth Day electronics recycling

In recognition of Earth Day in Seneca County, 2trg and Cornell Cooperative Extension are sponsoring e-Waste Recycling Drop-offs at two locations in Seneca County on Saturday, April 21st. Unwanted household electronics will be collected from 9:00 am to noon in Ovid at South Seneca Ambulance on the corner of Rt. 96 and 96A and 9 am to 1 pm at the Seaway (Tops) Plaza on Routes 5 & 20 across from Abigail’s Restaurant in Waterloo. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the recycling education efforts of Seneca GR&EEN, (Generating Recycling and Energy Education Now), part of Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H.According to Greenpeace, e-waste is the fastest growing segment in the nation’s solid waste stream. In 2007, Americans disposed of 300 million electronic devises. The best way to be sure that these hazardous wastes do not end up in landfills is to drop them off at events such as these. Acceptable electronics include: Cables, CD-ROM drives, cellular phones, circuit boards, computer speakers, CPUs, CRT monitors, docking stations, DVD players, fax machines, hard drives, keyboards, laptops, LCD monitors, mainframes, mice, microwaves, modems, PDAs, personal copiers, printers, processor chips, scanners, servers, speakers, tape and disc drives, telephones, televisions, terminals, UPS battery back-ups, VCR players, and more! Unacceptable electronics include: Appliances, ballasts, batteries, and light bulbs. A complete list of acceptable items can be found at www.2trg.com or calling 315-759-5120. A complete list of what can and cannot recycle in Seneca County as well as pick up schedules can be found at www.Senecarecycles.org. County residents can recycle up to 4 blue bins every two weeks through curbside recycling. Seneca Meadows also hosts a recycling drop-off location if people have more.”We thought this was a great way to have people participate in Earth Day” noted CCE Executive Director Ave Bauder. “2trg is a great company to work with and they are dedicated to making sure that none of what they take will go into a landfill or be dumped in the ocean. They are very civic minded and part of the proceeds will go toward our recycling education activities.”For nearly 100 years, Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension has served the people of the County, putting to practical use the scholarship and research of Cornell University and the national land grant system in the areas of agriculture and food systems sustainability; families, nutrition, health and safety (human ecology); youth development (4-H); environmental and natural resource enhancement; and community and economic vitality. The office is located at 308 Main Street Shop Centre in Waterloo and the telephone number is 315-539-9251.

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