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May 18, 2017 - 4:55pm
posted by Billie Owens in hazardous waste, batavia, news.

A fuel spill is reported at Jackson and Cherry streets in the city. City firefighters are on scene. A first responder says about eight gallons of fuel is on the ground and fuel has spilled into a nearby storm drain. Didn't catch how or why the spill occurred.

UPDATE 5:17 p.m.: A flatbed tow truck towing a car came around a corner and the plastic gas tank of the towed vehicle came off and spilled about eight gallons of fuel. Two of those gallons was captured in a container, most of the rest was soaked up with absorbent material. Less than a gallon went down the storm drain. Jackson was briefly closed but is now reopened. CORRECTION: The car was on the road. The tow truck was only there to pick up the disabled vehicle. The SUV, a Jeep, was not being towed.

August 4, 2015 - 12:01pm
posted by Billie Owens in hazardous waste, Recycling.

The GLOW Region Solid Waste Management Committee is pleased to announce that it will hold a single Household Hazardous Waste Collection. It will be on Saturday Sept. 19 in Rock Glen, Wyoming County. Residents from Genesee, Livingston and Wyoming counties are eligible to participate.

Appointments are required on a first come, first serve basis. A total of 600 spots are available. Details and additional information can be obtained by calling the GLOW office at 585/815-7906 or 800/836-1154 or 585/344-2580, ext. 5463.

Funding is provided by GLOW’s County contributions and a grant from the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation with assistance from the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department and Covanta Niagara.

Materials accepted include household cleaning products, pesticides/insecticides, oil base paint/stains, vehicle batteries and fluids (except motor oil), oil filters, pool chemicals, driveway sealer and home computers, TVs and microwaves FREE OF CHARGE. Passenger/light truck tires will be accepted for $4 each and truck tires for $10. For the sixth year, pharmaceutical waste -- outdated, unwanted or unusable medicines -- will be accepted.

Items that will not be accepted include latex paint, used motor oil, empty containers, asbestos and household batteries.

“Collections such as this provide residents with an excellent opportunity to safely dispose of materials they no longer want or need and that have the potential to harm the human and environmental health," said Peggy Grayson, GLOW’s recycling administrator.

"The addition of medicines helps not only the environment but other sectors of the community such as law enforcement and the public. The GLOW Committee is happy to offer the collection of medicines to the program and hopes that residents will take full advantage of the opportunity to rid their homes of these hazards."

September 16, 2014 - 12:55pm
posted by Billie Owens in GLOW, hazardous waste.

Press release:

Don’t miss out! Spots for the GLOW’s 2014 Household Hazardous/Pharmaceutical Waste Collection Event are going fast. Residents who want to dispose of materials at the Saturday Sept. 20 collection in Mt. Morris must have an appointment in order to attend.

GLOW accepts a wide range of household chemicals, oil-base paint, home computers, propane tanks and canisters, vehicle batteries and other materials. Microwave ovens and, for the fifth year, thanks to the assistance of the Livingston County Sheriff’s office, pharmaceuticals (unwanted, outdated, unusable and over-the-counter medicines) will be accepted.

These materials are accepted FREE OF CHARGE. There is a nominal fee for tires. Funding is provided by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), GLOW’s county contributions and Covanta Energy.

This is a great opportunity for residents to dispose of household chemicals and medicines they no longer want or need. Past collections have resulted in the safe and legal disposal of thousands of tires, thousands of gallons of solvents, cleaning products and paint, not to mention vehicle batteries, propane tanks and computers. Whenever possible materials collected are recycled.

The collection is open to residents in Genesee, Livingston and Wyoming counties. To make an appointment residents are asked to call the GLOW office at 585/815-7906 or 800/836-1154. Or e-mail [email protected]

July 9, 2010 - 2:18pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, GLOW, hazardous waste.

The GLOW Region's 14th household hazardous waste collection event, which was held in May, was successful in getting tons of stuff disposed of properly -- that's healthy and good for the environment.

In addition to the array of household chemicals, cleaning products, vehicle batteries, tires and electronics that have been collected in the past, pharmaceuticals (outdated, unwanted and unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs), were accepted for the first time.

The event is overseen by the GLOW Region's Solid Waste Management Committee.

AAA of Western and Central NY was on hand to check residents' vehicles for mercury trunk and hood light switches and replaced them with mercury-free switches as necessary.

The system of appointments was continued. This system allows GLOW (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties) to control costs and get residents through the unloading process in as little as 15 minutes.

Because disposal costs have been stable over the past few years, 505 appointments were scheduled -- a record number -- and 470 people attended.

The following are some statistics provided by Peggy Grayson, recycling administrator.

One hundred and ninety four people brought pharmaceuticals, including 168 lbs. of solids (pills, etc.), seven gallons of liquids and 104 lbs. of packaging.

Examples of other materials collected were:

  • 1,852 lbs. of resins and adhesives
  • 2,229 lbs. of pesticides
  • 10,604 lbs. of paint
  • 341 TVs
  • 258 monitors
  • 238 computers
  • 233 tires
  • and 92 vehicle batteries

GLOW uses licensed, permitted vendors and obtains permits from the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation and the NYS Dept. of Health for these events.

The pharmaceutical portion of the collection required that police be on site to take possession of the drugs, secure them and deliver them to Covanta Niagara in Niagara Falls for incineration. This service was generously provided by the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department.

Many of the other items collected get recycled. Others are incinerated or go to a hazardous waste landfill.

These collections offer residents an environmentally sound way to dispose of materials that have the potential to pollute the environment and harm human health.

Regarding the collection of pharmaceuticals Genesee County Sheriff Gary Maha stated: “This is a vital program that assists law enforcement in keeping prescription drugs off the street. Without such a program, these prescription drugs may have ended up in our schools, communities or environment.”

Total costs for the program are estimated to be slightly more than $27,000. Funding comes from GLOW’s county contributions and a NYS Household Hazardous Waste Assistance Grant.

Additional assistance was provided by the Genesee County Highway Department, Ed Arnold Recycling and a host of dedicated volunteers.

The next collection is tentatively scheduled for September of 2011.

Residents wishing to be notified by mail when appointments are being accepted for that collection, can contact the GLOW office at (585) 344-2580, ext. 5463, or at 1-800-836-1154 or via e-mail at: <[email protected]> or <[email protected].>.

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