More dropoffs spark rise in electronic waste

JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton County Department of Solid Waste is seeing double the amount of electronics waste dropped off since the county opened up disposal at seven transfer stations throughout the county.

There used to be only one site – at the county landfill on Mud Road – for electronics dropoff. But the county opened up the free program at the start of the year, allowing such items to be dropped off at seven other municipal transfer stations.

The other transfer sites are: Union Mills Road in Broadalbin, Everson Road in Caroga, East Fulton Street in the town of Johnstown, Route 29 in Ephratah, County Highway 113 in Northampton, Route 331 in Oppenheim, and County Highway 104 and Route 29A in Stratford.

Department Director Jeff Bouchard recently informed the Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development Committee that in the first six months of the year, Fulton County received nearly 100 tons of electronics through the transfer stations and landfill outlets. He said that is in contrast to the first six months of 2012 – when the county had just one electronics dropoff site at the landfill – and received only 49 tons.

He said the decision to open up electronics collection at other sites was a good one.

“We could see the need and it’s worked very well,” Bouchard said.

According to the Department of Solid Waste, Fulton County residents can at no cost dispose of unwanted electronics at the landfill and any transfer station during regular station hours.

Electronic items that can be dropped off include: computers, monitors, televisions, printers, scanners, keyboards, servers, cell phones, VCR/DVD players, stereos, copy and fax machines and rechargeable batteries.

Small businesses, non-profits and county residents can also dispose of electronics at no cost, six days a week, year-round at the electronics dropoff area at the landfill.