Niagara Gazette —
Timm said her department may have enough funding following the Lockport event to schedule one additional drop-off before the end of 2014, but she is not certain enough leftover funds will be available to cover the cost.
In the meantime, she recommends residents visit the county's garbage and recycling information website at www.rethinkyourwaste.com to apply for an appointment for the Lockport event and learn more about recommendations for handling household hazardous waste. Residents who do not have computer access can call the environmental coordinator's office at 716-439-7242 for more information.
CLEANING HOUSE Do you have old cans of latex-based paint in your house or garage? Latex paint can be tossed out with the regular garbage but must be dried first. Experts recommend homeowners add equal parts kitty litter, sand or a commercial paint hardener to latex paint in a can, stir until the mixture has an oatmeal-like consistency and allow it to sit for one hour or more until dry. Cans containing dried paint can be deposited with household garbage for pickup at the curb. Commercial waste handlers are not allowed to collect latex-based paint or any other product in its liquid form. Oil-based paint is considered hazardous and must be disposed of at a designated hazardous waste collection site. For more information, visit www.rethinkyourwaste.com.
Contact reporter Mark Scheer at 282-2311, ext. 2250.