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Pound Ridge Looks to Add E-Waste Service

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – The town of Pound Ridge is looking to add an e-waste disposal service to its recycling center.

E-waste, meaning electronic waste, includes items such as old computers, small appliances, batteries and light bulbs.

Town board members stressed at their meeting last week that it is not known when the service will actually be ready to commence, but they agreed to sign on with the Troy, N.Y. based company eLot Electronic Recycling, which would implement the program. The company came recommended by the town’s conservation board.

Supervisor Gary Warshauer said he was ready to execute the agreement with eLot and get the program moving as long as there is no or minimal cost to the town.

“The conservation board did look at other companies,” said Gail Jankus, chair of the conservation board, who was on hand to answer questions. “But eLot handled our (e-waste) event at Fox Lane last October and they were very professional.” She added that there is no cost to the town for the service unless the town has to provide a bin.

Town board member Dick Lyman noted that state law requires that all e-waste be stored in a locked container. He said that if the town needs to, it could obtain a used container that would meet state standards for approximately $1,500.

“We also have to register with the DEC as an e-waste collection point,” Lyman said. “But there is no cost for that because we’re a municipality.”

Jankus said that there is a need for an e-waste service within Pound Ridge.

“I know from talking to people this is something they are anxiously awaiting,” Jankus said.

There was some discussion as to whether the e-waste recycling program would be open to just Pound Ridge residents or if it would allow people from neighboring communities to use it as well.

“We haven’t turned (non-residents) away in the past, but if it gets to be a problem we would have to rethink that,” Lyman said.

Warshauer said that up until now, the town has employed a somewhat flexible policy at the recycling center.

“As long as we can handle it, the policy has been pretty loose,” Warshauer said.

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