County continues electronic recycling

JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton County Department of Solid Waste was recently concerned its recycling vendor for cathode ray tubes, or CRTs, had disappeared like the tubes themselves.

Department Director Jeff Bouchard told the Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Environment Committee in July that its electronics recycling firm – Maven Technologies of Rochester – would no longer be accepting CRTs in televisions and computer monitors.

“Since that meeting, they’ve come back and our market will continue,” Bouchard said Friday.

The CRT is the glass video display component of an electronic device, usually a computer or television monitor. CRT glass contains a significant amount of lead and must be recycled under safe conditions.

Bouchard told the committee there are few viable markets for recycling CRT glass, since CRT televisions are no longer being produced. He said his department through its recycling program has been ahead of the electronics disposal ban which is coming up in 2015.

According to the state Department of Environmental Conservation website, disposal of certain electronic equipment in landfills will be banned, beginning Jan. 1. They include: CRTs, computers, TVs, small-scale servers, computer peripherals, monitors, electronic keyboards, electronic mice and certain facsimile machines, document scanners and printers.

In other business before the committee, Bouchard received authorization to reclassify one skilled laborer position to a motor equipment operator, or MEO position at the Department of Solid Waste. He said a current skilled laborer has been working out of title as an MEO for over a year. This was due to a need for a roll-off truck driver for county Demolition Team work, as well as coverage for transfer station and specialty program work. The full board will consider final authorization today.

The committee approved authorizing two department staff members to attend the New York State Association for Solid Waste Management fall conference in September in Lake Placid. Topics will include updates on state regulations, intermunicipal agreements and leachate treatment.

In his operations report, Bouchard said three additional Tryon site demolitions were completed in July. Work by the demolition team resulted in more than 287 tons of debris at a cost of over $7,000.

Bouchard also reported the town of Caroga sponsored its own Clean Up program July 11-12 at the transfer station. Four loads of 13.7 tons of debris was generated at a cost of $574.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.