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The Erie County Department of Environment & Planning, in cooperation with the town of Amherst, Erie Community College and the Northeast Southtowns Solid Waste Management Board, will hold a pair of hazardous household waste drop-off days starting Saturday.

This week’s event will be open to all Erie County residents from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at ECC’s North Campus off Wehrle Drive. The second event is scheduled to be held Saturday, June 14 at ECC’s South Campus. The drop-off allows residents to safely dispose of hazardous items that aren’t permitted to be thrown out with the regular garbage.

Some of those items include pesticides, fertilizers, pool and household chemicals and cleaners (limit 2 gallons or 20 pounds); oil-based paints, spray cans (limit 10 gallons); paint thinner, stripper and solvents (limit 2 gallons); batteries (lead acid and rechargeable); oil, gasoline, kerosene and anti-freeze (limit 10 gallons); mercury (thermometers, thermostats, metal); and propane tanks and cylinders (full or empty).

Among the items that will not be accepted are: latex paint, automobile tires, computers and electronics, appliances, fluorescent bulbs as well as commercial and industrial wastes.

For information visit: http://www2.erie.gov/environment/index.php?q=waste-management-and-recycling.

Additional details about how to properly dispose of latex paint, can be obtained by calling the county’s 24-hour hotline at (716) 858-6800 or visiting the website listed above.