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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                Contact:          Teresa Ruiz

June 2, 2005                                                                                      973-621-4404

                                                                                                            Anthony Puglisi

                                                                                                            973-621-2542

 

ESSEX COUNTY EXECUTIVE DIVINCENZO ANNOUNCES SUCCESS OF SPRING COLLECTION DAYS

2,228 Residents from throughout Essex County bring 110 Tons of Material to Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day and

Computer & Electronics Recycling Day

 

Essex County, NJ Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced that 2,228 residents from throughout Essex County brought in a total of 110 tons of material to Essex County’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day and Computer & Electronics Recycling Day, both held in May. The County Executive also noted that residents from each of Essex County’s 22 municipalities participated in the collection events.

 

“Thank you to all our residents from throughout the County who took time out during the two weekends to bring items to our collection sites. The extraordinary participation is evidence that our public understands how important it is to protect our environment, and shows how popular and how needed our collection days are,” DiVincenzo said. “These events help us remove mountains of hazardous material from our waste stream and dispose of them in a safe and environmentally-friendly manner. This helps protect our air and ground water from becoming polluted,” he added.

 

The Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day was held Saturday, May 7th at the Essex County Fleet Maintenance Facility in Cedar Grove. Sixty-four (64) tons of material was collected and 1,485 residents participated in the day-long event. The largest amount collected of any single item was 46,723 pounds of paint. There were 24,379 pounds of latex paint and 22,344 pounds of oil-based paint collected. Other large quantities of specific items were propane cylinders (17,366 pounds), lead acid batteries (16,767 pounds), various pesticides and herbicides (11,502 pounds), and household batteries (6,525 pounds).

 

The Computer & Electronics Recycling Day was held a week later on Saturday, May 14th at South Mountain Arena in West Orange. About 46 tons of old equipment was brought in by 753 residents – the largest number of people to ever participate in the Computer & Electronic Recycling Day since it was started three years ago. The largest amount of any single item collected was the 1,200 computer monitors and television sets brought to the site. Other items collected in large quantities were computer hard drives (619), keyboards (441), printers (369) and computer mouses (199). Residents also brought movie projectors (2), waffle irons (2), a sewing machine and a vacuum cleaner to be recycled.

 

Cellular telephones collected will be donated to the Regional School – Essex Campus, a State-run school for developmentally challenged students between the ages of 3 and 21. The school sells the phones and uses the proceeds to purchase gate trainers to help students walk and voice output devices to improve students’ communication skills, and to build a new playground at the school with new equipment and a rubberized safety surface.

 

The Household Hazardous Waste Collection and the Computer & Electronics Recycling Days were sponsored by the County of Essex and the Essex County Utilities Authority. Under DiVincenzo’s leadership, Essex County has expanded its recycling program to include used tires, household hazardous waste, computers and electronic equipment. The number of collection days has been increased and the sites have been held at various locations throughout Essex County to make the program more accessible for all residents.

 

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