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E-waste collection set for Saturday

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If you have a closet cluttered with all of that electronic gear you no longer use, you have a chance to legally dispose of them Saturday.

An e-waste recycling event runs from  9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Saint Amelia's School on Eggert Road in the Town of Tonawanda.

The number of these events has proliferated since Albany passed a law barring garbage collection firms from picking up most electronic gadgetry. Before that, the devices were routinely put out at the curb and hauled away to the landfill.

That is barred now and that's why there are more and more of these events being held, like this one sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti.

Many are held in conjunction with SunnKing Electronic Recycling. Marketing and Programs Manager Zachary Hussion said SunnKing works with solid waste companies.

"The way that the law is built is that the solid waste haulers are not allowed to pick it up curbside if it's destined for a landfill. We do work with a couple different waste haulers that some of them pick up the electronics up curbside in a separate truck at the end of their route and they package them up and then we pick up the electronics to be recycled," said Hussion. 

Hussion said  his company actually repairs some equipment and sells it for re-use or for parts on an Ebay site as well as sending other materials for complete recycling, like circuit boards or ground-up plastic cases.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.