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New electronic recycling deal to help towns and villages

by TSchmitt
Thu, Apr 14th 2011 07:00 am

County lawmakers are touting a new deal made with a Rochester-based firm that they say will earn revenue for the towns and villages in Niagara County while helping to provide electric waste recycling.

County Legislature Vice Chairman Clyde L. Burmaster (R-Ransomville) announced the program, saying he expects municipalites to see significant revenue streams over three years. For example, Niagara Falls could get as much as $35,000 while the city of Lockport stands to make as much as $15,000.

Dawn Timm, the county's environmental science coordinator, said the benefits of the new deal are two-fold, as it provides revenue and helps the county become greener.

The move comes as part of the county's effort to comply with a new state law, the Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act, which went into effect April 1. Under the law, within five years New Yorkers will be required to recycle virtually all household electronics, and other means of disposal will be outlawed.

 

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