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Erie County/Tribe Environmental Partnership

Project Information

Award Amount:$75,000.00
Dollars Leveraged:$0.00
Start-End Dates:10/1/98-10/1/01
Description:Summary: The Erie County/Tribe Environmental Partnership Project provided hazardous waste collection and disposal services to the Seneca Reservation that borders southern Erie and northern Cattaraugus County, straddling Cattaraugus Creek; the Tonawanda Reservation that is located northeast of Erie County in west Genesee County along Tonawanda Creek; and is surrounded by Niagara County. The project focused on the collection and disposal of PTS such as PCBs, mercury, chlordane and DDT which are common in HHW. The intent was to reduce uncontrolled release of present toxin substances into the Great Lakes Basin through public education and waste collection.

Environmental Results/Products: Erie County successfully conducted five household hazardous waste (HHW) collections over two years for the Tuscarora, Tonawanda and Seneca Indian Reservations. Most collected materials were standard HHW. In addition to the toxics in the summary above, other toxics included lead, chromium, endrin, heptachlor, diazinon, aldrin, malathion, arsenic, phenols, benzene, and carbon tetrachloride.

Combined totals for the five HHW collection events area as follows:

• consolidated paint (liquid) 220 gallons
• consolidated paint (sludge) 275 gallons
• waste paint recycled 176 gallons
• pesticides 270 pounds
• aerosols 65 gallons
• resins/adhesives 60 gallons
• acids 50 gallons
• alkaline 95 gallons
• lead acid batteries 143
• tires 1,686
(Includes a one time clean-up of 1,428 tires on the Seneca Reservation)

Erie County Department of Environment and Planning (ECDEP) initiated the County/ Tribe Environmental Partnership Project with an organizational meeting held for the three above-mentioned Western New York Reservations. After a consensus was met between Erie County and the three reservations individual reservation meetings took place with governing officials to explain the program and discuss requirements for implementation of the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection program. The meetings with reservation elders, councils and chiefs were used to solicit and acquire a commitment to participate in this program.

An environmental workshop was held at the Tuscarora Reservation on April 23, 1999 and about 75 residents attended. The workshop provided the opportunity to educate reservation residents on how to identify HHW materials, properly dispose of these materials in an environmentally responsible manner, promote the use of less toxic products, and watershed and groundwater protection. Residents were provided with handouts on HHW and observed a slide presentation of the collection event procedures.

To minimize program expenses, other no-cost service providers which participate in Erie County programs were solicited to support this effort. A lead-acid battery recycler and a propane tank recycler agreed to support the event. A tire recycler also supported the event, which enabled the County and the Seneca Reservation to dispose of 1,428 tires from an illegal dump site on the reservation.

As a result leveraging the funds, Erie County and the three reservations project funding was able to support a second round of collection events in 2000. The original schedule developed for the projected include a single collection event at each of the three reservations.


There are no reports associated with this project.

Funding Organizations

Below is a list of organizations with individual contacts that are funding this project.

U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office - Primary Contact

77 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, Illinois 60604
There are no individuals in this organization
associated with this project.

Organizations Receiving Funding

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Erie County Department of Environment and Planning - Primary Contact

95 Franklin Street
Buffalo, New York 14202
p: 716-858-7674
f: 716-858-7713
Individual Contacts

Associated Organizations

Below is a list of associated organizations that are NOT giving or receiving funding for this project.

Cattaraugus Reservation, Seneca Nation - Partner

12837 Route 438
Irving, New York 14081
p: 716-532-4900

El-Don Battery Inc. - Partner

4109 Saint Francis Drive
Hamburg, New York 14075

Integrated Tire - Partner

333 Ganson Street
Buffalo, New York 14202
p: 716-847-8473

Irish Propane Corporation - Partner

70 Katherine Street
Buffalo, New York 14210
p: 716-852-3335

Modern Disposal Services - Partner

4746 Model City Rd.
PO Box 209
Model City, New York 14107
p: 800-662-0012
f: 716-754-8964

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - Partner

625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12233-1750
p: 518-402-9469

Safety Kleen Inc - Partner

60 Katherine
Buffalo, New York 14210
p: 716-855-2212
f: 716-855-3438

Seneca Nation of Indians - Partner

P.O. Box 231
Salamanca, New York 14479
p: 716-945-1790
f: 716-532-9132

Tonawanda Seneca Nation - Partner

7027 Meadville Road
Basom, New York 14013
p: (716) 542-4244
f: (716) 542-4244

Tuscarora Nation - Partner

5616 Walmore Road
Lewiston, New York 14092
p: (716) 622-7061
f: (716) 297-7355

Waste Management - Partner

2003 Bleecker St
Utica, New York 13501
p: 315-797-5225


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