Chautauqua County Commemorates Earth Day with a Call to Action for Recycling

Submitted by Justin Gould on Mon, 04/22/2024 - 08:39
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MAYVILLE, NY – Earth Day is not just a day; it's a reminder of our collective responsibility to steward the environment for future generations. For Earth Day 2024, the Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities Landfill Division emphasizes the critical importance of recycling in preserving our planet's resources and protecting its ecosystems.

"There are many reasons to recycle," says Aaron Gustafson Deputy Director of the Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities. "Beyond being a legal requirement, recycling offers numerous benefits that contribute to a healthier environment and sustainable future."

There are many benefits to recycling:

Reduction of Waste: Recycling reduces the volume of waste sent to landfills and incinerators, alleviating the burden on our environment.

Prevention of Pollution: By diverting materials from landfills and incinerators, recycling helps prevent pollution of air, water, and soil.

Conservation of Natural Resources: Recycling conserves valuable natural resources by reusing materials such as paper, plastic, and metals.

Energy Conservation: The recycling process often requires less energy than producing new materials from raw resources, leading to energy savings and reduced carbon emissions.

Job Creation and Economic Benefits: Recycling initiatives create jobs in collection, processing, and manufacturing, contributing to local economies and sustainable development.

"It is everyone's responsibility to steward our world," emphasizes Gustafson. "We must all work together to protect and preserve what we have for future generations. Each individual must do their part in this collective effort."

Chautauqua County offers multiple recycling options for its residents through the Division of Solid Waste. With four transfer station locations conveniently spread across the county, residents can easily access recycling services:

North County Transfer Station: 3688 Webster Rd. Fredonia, NY 14063

(Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 7:00 am - 3:00 pm)

South County Transfer Station: 2570 South Work St. Falconer, NY 14733

(Hours: Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday 7:00 am - 3:00 pm, Friday 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm)

West County Transfer Station: 121 Osborne St. Sherman, NY 14781

(Hours: Tuesday and Saturday 7:00 am - 3:00 pm)

Ellery Transfer Station: 3889 Towerville Rd. Jamestown, NY 14701

(Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm)

Each location accepts a variety of recyclable materials, including cardboard, paper, plastic, scrap metal, used clothing, glass (food & beverage containers only), propane tanks, freon-containing items (refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers, air conditioners, etc.), tires, and electronics (except Ellery Transfer Station).

However, the Department emphasizes that certain items cannot be accepted at these facilities, including used motor oil and rechargeable batteries. Residents are urged to contact their local service stations or auto parts stores for used motor oil disposal and return rechargeable batteries to any retailer that sells them. It's crucial to refrain from disposing of rechargeable batteries in the garbage to prevent environmental harm.

As we celebrate Earth Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to recycling and environmental stewardship. Together, we can make a difference in preserving the beauty and integrity of our planet.


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