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Broome County Landfill Recognized By Harvard University For Innovative Electronics Recycling Program

 

(Binghamton, NY) – Harvard University’s Kennedy School Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation today announced Broome County’s Division of Solid Waste Management has been recognized as a Bright Idea awards recipient for 2012.

Broome County was recognized for its leadership in providing year-round Electronics Recycling as part of its free Residential Household Hazardous Waste Program, to promote and encourage safe handling of electronic waste

“Our Division of Solid Waste runs an innovative and profitable Landfill that continually meets the evolving needs of our residents,” said Broome County Executive Debbie Preston. “I congratulate our Division of Solid Waste for their leadership in Electronics Recycling, a program that is profitable to the County and beneficial to our residents.”

The Harvard University Bright Ideas Initiative serves to complement the Innovations in American Government Awards Program by shining a light on noteworthy and promising government programs and practices so that government leaders, public servants, and other officials can learn about these ideas and adopt initiatives that work.  Today 111 innovative Programs throughout the Country were recognized.

The Electronics Recycling Program at the Broome County Landfill provides an environmentally and cost-effective alternative to residents that was not previously offered.  Broome County is one of few Counties that has been able to establish a permanent Electronics Recycling Program, and gone a step further to successfully combine it with the Hazardous Waste Program.  Broome County provides these services without charging its residents.

“Electronics represents a fast evolving technology that results in many electronic devices quickly becoming obsolete,” said Public Works Commissioner Dan Schofield. “This makes reuse and recycling important, as it allows electronics to be diverted from the Landfill.”

Broome County has an intermunicipal agreement with Tioga County to accept Electronic and Hazardous Waste from April through November, each year.

In 2003 when the Program was implemented, 19 tons of Electronic equipment was collected; each year the Program has continued to grow.  Since then 872.65 tons of Electronics have been collected and 24,622 residents have participated in the Program.

Prior to the implementation of the Electronics Recycling Program, alternatives were limited.  Broome County residents had to choose between traveling to Pennsylvania and paying a fee for each electronic component, or paying an average of $30 to mail a computer system for recycling.

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09/25/2012 - 3:30pm