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October 13, 2013

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Municipalities dealing with electronic recycling of items containing CRTs

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — It could’ve been classified as a good news and bad news moment.

Councilman Paul W. Siejak told his fellow Lockport Town Board members last month that the town’s electronic recycling program was continuing to grow. In July town residents had recycled 2,126 pounds of electronics, netting Lockport a total of $182.84 in revenue. The Town of Lockport receives 8.6 cents per pound of recycled electronics from its contracted recycler, Regional Computer Recycling & Recovery.

For the year, Lockport has recycled a total of 29,140 pounds for a total of $2,418.52. That was up considerably, as at about this time last year, residents had recycled about 16,000 pounds of electronics, Siejak said.

Then Siejak shared that Lockport will not receive electronic recycling credit for electronics with cathode ray tubes, which are used in the most common and sometimes older types of TVs and computers. That would affect the recycling totals, Siejak said, adding that those items make up a big chunk of the electronic recyclables residents drop off.

”That’s all that’s out there,” he said, referring to the televisions and computers piled out in front of the electronic recycling shed behind Town Hall on Dysinger Road.

At a meeting last week, the Town Board found out Regional would have to start charging Lockport 25 cents per pound to take those items. As a result, Supervisor Marc R. Smith said the town will go to a new electronic recycler instead of the Victor-based company.

”It doesn’t make any sense for us to continue with them,” Smith said.

Smith said the plan at the Oct. 23 meeting is to have Town Board members consider a deal with Sunn King, a Buffalo-based recycler who won’t charge the town to take electronics with CRTs.

Municipalities are starting to see decisions like this with their electronic recycling. State law says home and property owners cannot leave electronics out on the curb for garbage and recycling pick up, so many cities and towns offer locations for residents to drop off those items instead. The items are then collected by a electronic recycling company.

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