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George Miller came from Potsdam to drop off two old computer monitors, and a keyboard at the Canton town barn. They’ve been sitting in his house for awhile now, and he’s thought about getting rid of them.
"…well you know I saw those recycle places in Governeur and Massena and I thought one of these days I’ll take them there. But then I saw this and said, ‘this is close, so why not?'"
The Canton drop off site is open from 6am to 2pm on Mondays and Thursdays.
Town supervisor David Button says it’s more convenient than the twice a year drop offs.
"Those of us that have used that service before know that you've got to go and stand in line for an hour-and-a-half before you can drop anything off, and we thought if we could provide the service to our constituents that it would get a lot of use, and sure enough, bins are full already."
Town councilman Jim Smith is riffling through the two large boxes full of old TVs, monitors, keyboards and cellphones. He was in New York City for a conference of town leaders recently, and an ewaste company offered to pick up old electronics at no charge to Canton.
"The gentleman I talked to said that they are capable of recycling 99% of the components of the equipment that they take in."
The company, called Regional Computer Recycling and Recovery of Troy, New York, says it picks up electronics in every county in the state, on as-needed basis.
The new drop off service is expected to make it easier for St. Lawrence County residents to comply with a year-old state law the requires all old electronics be recycled instead of thrown in the trash.