By SUSAN MENDE
CANTON - Residents from across St. Lawrence County now have another free place dispose of old computers, TVs, cell phones and other electronics.
Twice a week, the town of Canton is allowing county residents to discard electronic items at the town barn on Stiles Avenue.
Drop-offs will be accepted from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Monday and Thursday and by appointment by calling 386-8707. Information is also available from Town Clerk Lisa A. Hammond at 386-3735.
The schedule may be modified, Canton Town Highway Supervisor Terry L. Billings said. Were going to see how the service goes as far as participation.
The idea was spearheaded by James T. Smith, a town councilman who attended a conference in New York City and learned about a company that collects used electronic equipment from municipalities at no charge.
My understanding is they are able to recycle about 99 percent of the parts, Mr. Smith said.
Some companies that collect regular household waste are unwilling to pick up electronics so the service should be helpful to county residents.
Starting last year, the countys four transfer stations started collected electronics at no charge after a new state law took effect. The transfer stations are in Ogdensburg, Massena, Gouverneur and Star Lake,.
Having a drop-off in Canton will be convenient for many people who live, work or do business in the community, Mr. Billings said.
Regional Computer Recycling & Recovery, Victor, has agreed to collect the items at no charge, Mr. Billings said.
Theres no charge to the town, no charge for anybody, Mr. Billings said. Well work it into our normal schedule.
The collection will be manned by those already working at the highway garage, usually a mechanic and Mr. Billings.
Regional Computer and Electronics dismantles the electronics equipment and re-uses some of the parts like copper wiring, zinc and other metals.
Its like a used car. They break it down and re-use whats salvaged, Mr. Billings said.
Computer items that will be accepted include monitors, terminals, computers, scanners, ink cartridges, printers, facsimile machines, network equipment, keyboard, mice and computer accessories.
Other miscellaneous electronics that can be dropped off include circuit boards, cabling and wiring, typewriters, telecommunications equipment, audio/visual equipment, video game systems, cell phones, personal digital assistants, Ipods and universal power supplies.
The town will not provide pick-up service to individual homes.
The following items will not be accepted: any liquids, powders, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, kitchen and personal appliances, batteries and fluorescent lamps.