Yates, Lyndonville team for E-Waste collection site

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 September 2013 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers – The town of Yates and village of Lyndonville split the costs for a shed that will be used as an electronic waste recycling site. Town Supervisor John Belson, left, is pictured with Deputy Mayor Jim Tuk at the shed that opened today behind the Lyndonville fire hall, 148 North Main St.

LYNDONVILLE – Terry Woodworth feared they would start to show up on the side of the road or in his brush pile behind the DPW garage. He didn’t want to have to fish out discarded television sets and other unwanted electronics.

Residents can’t get rid of them with their trash. There isn’t a drop site in the community to dispose of recyclable E-Waste or electronics – until today.

The town of Yates and village of Lyndonville split the costs for having a shed built for $2,800. The small building is behind the Lyndnville fire hall. A big TV and other electronics were dropped at the site today, the first day it was open.

Woodworth and the DPW will have it open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. The TVs, microwave ovens, toner cartridges, radio and CD players, video equipment and rechargeable batteries will all be picked up for free by the Albion Redemption Center. The business will drive to Lyndonville weekly to pick up the recyclable electronics.

Terry Woodworth, Lyndonville DPW superintendent, is pictured inside the shed with some of the electronic items that will be picked up by the Albion Redemption Center.

“It wasn’t a lot of money and it was something we could do for the town,” said Yates Town Supervisor John Belson.

Residents used to be able to drop off the E-Waste at the Pennysaver Market, but that store closed in April, leaving the community without a site to drop the waste.

“We have been looking for a place,” Belson said. “We were struggling as a town with what to do.”

He praised Lyndonville village officials for helping to make the project a reality.

The town of Shelby also accepts electronic equipment and other E-waste. Belson doesn’t think any other municipalities in Orleans have sites for residents to dispose of unwanted electronics.