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LOCKPORT – The Town of Lockport’s refuse collection firm, Waste Management, will pick up tube-style television sets for recycling at the curb for the rest of this year, Councilman Paul W. Siejak said.

The town sought the service after some residents complained that a private company the town had recommended for recycling had started to charge $10 to take TVs.

Tony Porter, owner of the Niagara County Redemption Center in Wrights Corners, said he had no choice.

“I do not get paid anything for the TVs. For us to handle them, pack them and send them out, I think it’s a fair price,” Porter said.

Siejak said when Waste Management agreed to take the sets at the curb, he didn’t even think to ask what the company would do with them. “I was just happy they’d continue doing this for our town residents,” he said.

Lori Caso, Waste Management’s local spokeswoman, said the sets will be recycled.

Supervisor Marc R. Smith said the garbage crews will make note of a large TV left at the curb, and a special truck will be sent a few days later to collect it.

Caso said, “We are offering this service until the end of the year, because after that the law changes and no one will be able to do that anymore.”

The town was inundated with tube TVs at its former electronic waste recycling drop-off center, which burned down on Mother’s Day in a fire blamed on a malfunctioning battery in some piece of electronic gear.

Last October, the town terminated an e-waste contract with Regional Computer Recycling and Recovery after it stopped taking tube TVs, for which it had been paying the town 8.6 cents per pound.

The town switched to Sunnking of Brockport, which agreed to take the TVs but refused to pay anything for them.

After the fire, the town had recommended Porter’s company, a new business in the town, as a place to take old TV sets.

“They have just been overwhelmed by these CRT tube-related products,” Siejak said, referring to cathode ray tubes, the technical name for an old-style picture tube, now made obsolete by flat screens. “Their warehouse is full.”

Porter said, “The recycling company will pay us for the computers and things of that nature, but TVs with the picture tubes in them, they do not give us anything for. If the tube is broken, they won’t take it. If any of the electronics inside of it is gone, they won’t take it. There’s a fee to get rid of the picture tubes. We’re charging a handling fee to move them and shrink wrap them and put them on pallets.”

Caso said Waste Management trucks will take the TVs to its Depew transfer station, where they will be picked up by Sunnking for recycling. But when the state bans pickup of TVs by garbage contractors as of Jan. 1, the service will be over.

“They should take advantage of it this year,” she said.

Caso said Sunnking also has a recycling drop-off site in Lewiston.

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