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Genesee ARC will be expanding its ability to reduce, reuse and recycle electronic waste, thanks to a grant from The Arc and the Walmart Foundation, ARC Executive Director Donna Saskowski announced today on the WBTA program, "Main & Center.".  

The Geensee ARC is one of ten chapters nationwide to share in $270,000 worth of sub-grants administered through The Arc.  Genesee ARC’s sub-grant award totals $25,719.00.
Along with creating additional employment options for people with disabilities, this proposal also targets social needs by supporting community-wide recycling efforts benefiting the environment. 
Highlights of the e-recycling initiative under the grant include: Hiring and training an E-waste Apprentice; Establishing a drop-off center for E-waste to meet the needs of all of Genesee County; Promoting and marketing the service to area residents; Expanding community education about the benefits of e-recycling and the employment of people with disabilities. 
"This initiative will benefit local businesses, manufacturers, home owners, education centers, hospitals and other industries. “Genesee ARC is excited about taking the lead in this countywide effort, that will also provide meaningful work for the individuals we serve” Saskowski said. 
PHOTO: ARC employee Mark Daube stands next to new recycling truck. E-recycling center is located on West Main St. in Batavia.
Genesee County Manager Jay Gsell echoed Simon’s sentiment by saying the County wholeheartedly supports Genesee ARC facilitating e-waste recycling. “The dual benefit of employing County residents with disabilities and reducing e-waste in our regional landfills is a win-win for everyone,” Gsell wrote. The Manager said the County IT Department routinely arranges for environmentally-safe disposal of outdated technology equipment with out-of-county firms. “This new process being set-up (locally) by ARC will help reduce our costs and will be logistically much easier for us to properly recycle this old equipment,” remarked Gsell.
Genesee ARC has been providing Trash and Recycling services for the City of Batavia since 1983.  Due to rapid growth in service need and major expansion of recycling efforts, the agency made a strategic decision to move the Trash & Recycling Center from a site on Clinton Street in Batavia to a larger location on West Main Street Road in the town of Batavia.  The organizational structure of the proposed electronic recycling program will be housed in the new facility in order to meet the growing need to expand recycling operations. 
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