- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - The city of Syracuse plans to spend nearly $70,000 to remove thousands of old televisions and computer monitors that have piled up at a public works garage.

The city’s Department of Public Works has been picking up TVs and monitors left at the curb and dumping them at a DPW garage for years. DPW Commissioner Pete O’Connor tells The Post-Standard of Syracuse (http://bit.ly/1M7nTfj ) that the state Department of Environmental Conservation has told the city to remove the junk, which contains lead and other toxins and are considered hazardous waste.

O’Connor asked city councilors on Wednesday to approve an emergency agreement with an electronics recycling company to haul away the junk for $67,000.

He says the city plans to issue a request for proposals to choose a permanent vendor to pick up old electronic equipment in the future.

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Information from: The Post-Standard, http://www.syracuse.com

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