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MASSENA — Computer monitors and televisions will be banned when the village conducts its spring cleanup this year.

Village officials have set the cleanup dates for April 15 to 19 north of the Grasse River and April 22 to 26 south of the river.

Department of Public Works Superintendent Hassan A. Fayad told village trustees most of the cleanup will be conducted as it has been in the past.

“It’s the same format. They bring their debris out the weekend before,” he said.

However, he said, DPW employees will not pick up televisions, computer monitors or items that have been cannibalized.

“Once the TVs are placed at curbside, other people smash the back side, retrieving the metal components,” Mr. Fayad said.

Under state law, televisions that have been compromised cannot be placed into e-waste, and they also won’t be accepted for refuse because of the lead and other hazardous environmental contents, he said.

Residents instead may take those items to the transfer station any time during the year at no cost, Mr. Fayad said.

Mayor James F. Hidy said he has seen evidence of people collecting some items, cannibalizing them and putting the remains out to the road for pickup.

“We went out riding around one day. I counted 10 computer monitors in a guy’s front yard and in the backyard he had 22 more. They were cannibalized, and he wanted us to pick them up. We didn’t pick them up,” he said.

As in the past, the DPW will not collect construction materials, Mr. Fayad said. That includes toilets, which are considered construction debris.

“Somebody tore down a whole garage and put it curbside,” Mr. Fayad said, noting that’s the kind of abuse that could end cleanup days.

Hazardous waste such as batteries, pesticides and fluorescent bulbs also are on the list of items the DPW won’t pick up. Those can be taken to the old DPW building from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 14 during the county’s hazardous waste collection day, Mr. Fayad said.

The DPW will collect brush at residences, he said, noting there no longer is any dumping of brush at its facility.

In addition to waiting until the weekend before pickup to place items curbside, he said, residents should separate debris into piles such as metal items, tires and freon items. Doors should be removed from refrigerators, and no items should be placed in dark bags.

DPW will traverse a street only once, and any debris it doesn’t pick up must be removed by the end of the next working day. Mr. Fayad said a local ordinance will be enforced to ensure items are cleaned up following the pickup.

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