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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 2, 2011

ESSEX COUNTY EXECUTIVE DIVINCENZO AND ESSEX COUNTY UTILITIES AUTHORITY OUTLINE NEW COMPUTER RECYCLING REGULATIONS
Residents are Invited to participate in
Essex County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Saturday, May 7th
and Essex County Computer & Electronics Recycling Day on Saturday, May 21st

 

Newark, NJ On Monday, May 2nd, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and the Essex County Utilities Authority outlined new State environmental regulations that prohibit electronic appliances, including televisions and computers, from being discarded in the regular waste stream and require these items to be recycled. In addition, the Executive invited Essex County residents to participate in its two popular collection days – Essex County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day and Essex County Computer and Electronics Recycling Day – which will be held later this month.
“Our Utilities Authority has always been on the forefront of educating the public about the importance of removing hazardous materials from the waste stream so dangerous items do not end up in landfills or the incinerator. Hazardous elements are found in things we all have around our house and properly recycling or disposing of them is a simple and effective way to protect the water we drink, the air we breathe and the environment in which we live,” DiVincenzo said. “The passage of these new NJDEP regulations underscores the need for our collection programs and the importance of encouraging residents to participate,” he noted.

“Essex County has really been on the forefront and been a pioneer in the recycling field,” Assemblyman Thomas Giblin said. “Years ago, we didn’t know any better and the way we disposed of these items put people’s health and the environment at risk. With these collection programs, we can recycle materials safely,” he added.

“The Freeholders are pleased to partner with the County Executive and the ECUA to present programs that improve the quality of life for our residents and help residents do simple things like recycling to protect the environment,” Freeholder Patricia Sebold said.

Under the New Jersey Electronic Waste Management Act, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection enacted new regulations effective January 1, 2011 that ban certain electronics from the local waste stream. The banned items are described as “covered electronics” and include televisions, desktop and personal computers, computer monitors and laptop computers. They will no longer be collected in regular trash pickups and are required to be recycled.

2011 Spring Collection Days

Since 1994, the Essex County Utilities Authority has hosted regular collection days where residents were able to bring hazardous items to a central location and have them discarded or recycled in an environmentally safe manner. The program began with the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day which was held one time a year. After he was elected in 2003, DiVincenzo expanded the program to include the Computer and Electronics Recycling Day and increased the number of collection days to include events every May and October.

This spring’s Essex County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day will be held on Saturday, May 7th. Materials being collected include pesticides and herbicides, paint thinners and solvents, oil-based paint, chemistry sets, barbecue propane tanks, pool chemicals, photo developing chemicals, household batteries, fluorescent light bulbs and ballasts, products that contain mercury, car batteries, home fire extinguishers, aerosol spray paint and automotive fluids. It will be held as follows:

Date: Saturday, May 7, 2011
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Place: Essex County Fleet Maintenance Yard
99 West Bradford Avenue
Cedar Grove, NJ

This spring’s Essex County Computer and Electronics Recycling Day will be held on Saturday, May 21st. Items being accepted are computers, monitors, printers, fax machines, scanners, telecom equipment, speakers, televisions, keyboards, main frames, VCRs, stereos, DVD players, toasters, irons and cellular telephones. It will be held as follows:

Date: Saturday, May 21, 2011
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Place: Essex County Fleet Maintenance Yard
99 West Bradford Avenue
Cedar Grove, NJ

Essex County residents who are unable to bring electronic items to the Computer and Electronics Recycling Day can deliver their items free of charge to Advanced Recovery, Inc., 50 Grafton Avenue, Newark. For more information about the vendor, call 973-485-9100. In addition, electronics manufacturers and retailers are now required to offer e-waste management programs in which their consumers can bring old or unwanted “covered electronics.” Consumers should check directly with these businesses for information about their programs.

The Essex County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day and Essex County Computer and Electronics Recycling Day are for Essex County residents only. Residents are not charged when they bring materials, but they must provide proof of residency at the site. Commercial businesses may not drop off materials. For more information, please call the Essex County Utilities Authority at 973-792-9060.

New ECUA Headquarters

As part of the County Executive’s initiative to save the cost of leasing private office space, the Essex County Utilities Authority headquarters was relocated to the Essex County LeRoy F. Smith, Jr. Public Safety Building in Newark. The 14-floor former jail was successfully converted into and office building and creates $1.7 million in saved lease cost and new revenue for the County.

The new contact information for the ECUA is as follows:

Essex County Utilities Authority
Essex County LeRoy F. Smith, Jr. Public Safety Building
60 Nelson Place, 6th Floor
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: 973-792-9060
Fax: 973-792-9066

 
 
 
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