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Recycling Muscle

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September is here, and for many of us, itis time to do a little fall clean up before the snow comes. Did I really just say that? Well, letis not think about that right now; letis just focus on the fact that Erie County is giving us the chance to exercise our recycling muscle, while we tidy up a bit.
September 9th marks Erie Countyis 3rd 2006 Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day. On Saturday, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., we citizens are encouraged to drop off a number of hazardous and toxic items that may be taking up space in our basements, attics and garages. Some of the qualifying items include: lawn, garden and pool chemicals, oil-based paint, propane tanks and automotive fluids. There are also items that they will not accept, like tires, fire extinguishers and asbestos. Items will be accepted from residents only. No commercial waste is allowed. Collection will take place at 20 Peabody Street (off Elk Street, near the Smith Street exit of I-190).


For a complete list of recyclable items, please call 858-6800, or you can check out:
http://www.erie.gov/environment/pdfs/sept_2006_flyer.pdf
The county is also offering Computer, Electronics & Textile Recycling which is scheduled for Saturday, September 30th, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the ECC South Campus (enter from Big Tree Road). For any of you, like myself, with an old monitor, television or printer cluttering your home; this is a great opportunity. As Iim sure you know, many electronic items contain hazardous materials and cannot be left out for pick up with our regular trash. The flyer for the event states that participants will be required to verify that their item(s) were generated by a household. Clean textiles and old clothing can also be turned in. These items will be recycled, or sold by AMVETS at one of their local shops.
For more information please call 858-6996, or visit:
http://www.erie.gov/environment/pdfs/recycle_event.pdf
While weire at it, I thought I would let all of you know that our county has a great initiative called the Healthy Homes and Neighborhoods Program.
The Erie County website states that the program is iimplemented by the Environmental Health Office dedicated to improving the quality of life of individuals and families by reducing their exposure to home based health and safety risks.i
Some of their no-cost services and products include: a home safety survey, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and referrals for various health and safety related services. Additionally they work with landlords and low-income families, to insure that homes are free of safety hazards and environmental health issues. Some of these free services include: rodent and cockroach extermination and testing for the presence of lead paint and radon gas.
For a full list of services, more information about the program and eligibility requirements call 961-6800, or go to: http://www.erie.gov/health/offices/eh_healthy_homes.asp

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