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March 22, 2010

Oswego County Will Charge Fee to Recycle TVs, Monitors and Microwaves

Beginning Monday, April 5, the Oswego County Solid Waste Department will charge $5 to recycle television sets, computer monitors and microwave ovens. All other electronics will still be accepted free of charge at the county recycling drop-off centers.

The fee will help offset the high cost of recycling items such as TVs and computer monitors that contain large amounts of lead, mercury, and cadmium.

More than 10,000 TVs, monitors and microwave ovens, along with thousands of PCs, printers, VCRs and radios were recycled by Oswego County residents last year.

County Legislator Fred Beardsley, chairman of the Legislature's Infrastructure and Facilities Committee, said the electronics recycling program has been very successful but has become increasingly expensive to maintain. In 2009 the solid waste department paid more than $85,000 to dispose of recycled electronics.

Oswego County transfer stations and recycling drop-off centers are located at Bristol Hill, 3125 NYS Route 3, Volney; 1167 County Route 7, Hannibal; 1391 U.S. Route 11, Hastings; 700 E. Seneca St., Oswego; and 100 County Route 2A, Pulaski.

The transfer stations and recycling drop-off centers are open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. Sticker and punch card sales and weigh scales close ½-hour before the transfer stations close.

For more information, call the Department of Solid Waste at 591-9200, or visit oswegocounty.com/dsw

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