By this time, we are mostly aware of the issues that the overabundance of discarded e-waste is wrecking on the environment. Despite the prevalence of the issue, there are still those who feel that they can simply drop their unwanted TV sets and computers by the side of the road. Fortunately, The City is beginning to combat that practice, as Mayor Brown has announced a new ordinance that calls for the fining of repeat offenders. Beginning Monday, residents who feel compelled to dump their e-waste at the curb will be issued a notice, and then fined $75 if they do not comply with the law.
“Electronic waste continues to be a major environmental issue throughout the country. That is why the City of Buffalo took a progressive step in 2012 by opening an E-Waste Drop off location at the City of Buffalo Engineering Garage. This next step will further protect the health of our residents and the environment from potentially harmful materials when not disposed of properly,” said Mayor Brown.
For those who are still not sure what to do with their unwanted e-waste, other than putting it curbside, the following list of suggestions has been provided by The City:
- When electronic equipment is purchased, check with the local store where it was purchased on their take-back policy. Manufacturers must provide free and convenient collection per New York State law.
- City of Buffalo residents can drop off electronic waste for recycling at the City of Buffalo Engineering Garage, located at 1120 Seneca Street. The site is open Monday through Friday 8:00AM—3:00PM and the first Saturday of the month from 8:00AM—2:00PM.
- Senior citizens or disabled residents should contact the Division of Citizen Services (311 or 716-851-4890) for special arrangements.