ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Monroe County has become the first place in New York to accept and recycle e-cigarettes and e-cigarettes, and the first place in the United States to accept and recycle e-cigarettes. These items can be disposed of in the household hazardous waste area of Monroe County Ecological Park.
Monroe County Executive Adam Bello announced Monday that the Monroe County Department of Environmental Services is working with waste disposal company Clean Harbors to
Collect and safely dispose of used vaping devices and e-liquids at the Monroe County/Waste Management Ecopark at 10 Avion Drive.
"E-cigarettes are not only a public health issue, they are also an environmental issue," said County Executive Bello. "E-cigarette pens, e-cigarettes and e-liquids are considered hazardous waste and should not be thrown away. Monroe County is proud to lead the way in New York and take action now to prevent these products from harming our environment."
Both the product and the liquids used in it are considered hazardous and are prohibited from being disposed of in the trash. These products will be recycled and converted into renewable energy. The program will be a huge boost for school districts that have confiscated large numbers of vape pens and e-cigarettes but are facing disposal challenges.
Recycling services will be held twice a week. At the Monroe County/Waste Management Eco Park, there is no need for the public to make an appointment or to be billed for e-cigarettes and cartridges.