By HOWARD BALABAN firstname.lastname@example.org
Medina Journal-Register — LYNDONVILLE — The random TVs and other electronics that used to be dumped behind the Village of Lyndonville Public Works Building now have a place to go.
About a month ago, the Town of Yates, in conjunction with the village, opened an E-Waste Recycling Center. The building is located behind the fire hall on the south side.
The municipalities acquired a permit through the Albion Redemption Center, and that center visits Lyndonville weekly to collect the large garbage, including TVs, radios, and various computer parts like towers and monitors.
“There’s a brush pile in back, and we kept seeing gutted TVs left there,” said Terry Woodruff, department of public works superintendent in Lyndonville. “People were taking out the insides and leaving what was left of their TVs.”
Wes Bradley, a Yates Town Board member, said the state has passed a law that disallows household electronics from being tossed out with regular garbage. Before creating the recycling center, the municipalities collected e-waste at the Pennysaver Market, but had to stop when that place went out of business.
“We spoke with Terry and worked with the village to come up with a more centralized location,” Bradley said. He noted that the combined cost of the station was less than $3,000, split between the town and the village.
James Tuk, Lyndonville’s deputy mayor, said the proper disposal of electronics is important because they have recoverable metals that can be used again. He also said disposing of the products correctly is good for the environment.
“I like the whole idea of this,” Tuk said. “We had it in the back of our minds at the village for a while, and I’m glad it’s here now.”
Woodruff said the addition of the collection center alleviates one of his biggest concerns, which was residents leaving their old, large, outdated TVs on the side of the road. They now have a place to bring them. It was also mentioned that centers like this are becoming more necessary as electronics become outdated an ever increasing rate.
The E-Waste Recycling Center is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Those looking to rid their homes of outdated electronics need to only drop the appliance off inside the building.
While many items are accepted, there are a few that are unacceptable. To find out more, call the Lyndonville Department of Public Works.