Got e-waste? Dump it cleanly, at no cost, Nov. 17

2012-11-09T03:05:00Z Got e-waste? Dump it cleanly, at no cost, Nov. 17Amy Barra, Special to The Citizen Auburn Citizen
November 09, 2012 3:05 am  • 

Our last electronics recycling collection event will be held in honor of America Recycles Day Nov. 17 at the Auburn City Landfill from 8 to 11 a.m. This is a great opportunity to drop off your old electronics so they can be recycled for free. If you haven’t been to one of our events yet, it’s easy. For this event, you do not need to register. If you want some information on what will be accepted, check out this website for more information:

For the event, just gather up your old electronics and pack them into your car. Head over to the Auburn landfill on 311 N. Division St. in Auburn. Our volunteers will be handing out packets of information on our upcoming events and other ways to recycle. Then just drive through the line and a crew will unload your car for you; you don’t even have to get out! It’s easy, free and convenient. We usually recommend attending in the middle/end of the time frame, as that’s when the line is the shortest. If you can’t make it, see if any family, friends or neighbors are going and just load your electronics into their vehicle. It’s a great way to clean the clutter out of your house before winter sets in.

One item we always get is batteries. I’m glad to see so many people are still in the habit of recycling batteries, but the common alkaline batteries no longer need to be recycled. They used to contain high levels of mercury and needed to be disposed of through recycling programs or hazardous waste events. Technology has improved and regular alkaline batteries can now be thrown out in your normal household garbage. However, lithium batteries, button cell batteries (aka watch batteries) and rechargeable batteries still need to be recycled at events like ours. Retail centers like Lowe's and Home Depot also have recycling stations for batteries, CFL light bulbs and plastic bags. Check out your local store to see if they are participating in this program.

We’re getting into the heating season, which means that our free radon detector kits are available again. Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that is connected to the development of lung cancer over time. Cayuga County has a high level of radon, and homes in the county should be tested. We have testing kits in the Cornell Cooperative Extension office on 248 Grant Ave., right next to Lasca's, and there are also kits available in the town clerk offices in Aurelius, Brutus, Cato and Fair Haven. The kits are easy to use and they’re free for all Cayuga County residents. If your home is found to have high levels of radon, we can help you figure out how you can lower those levels, which will lower your risk of developing lung cancer. Anyone can test their home, and we recommend that young families have their home tested in particular.

If you have any questions about the free radon kits or free electronics drop-off, call Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cayuga County at 255-1183.

Amy Barra is the environmental educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cayuga County.

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