The Broome County Landfill has been recognized for its innovation by a prestigious university.  Harvard University's Kennedy School Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation announced today that the landfill has been recognized as a Bright Idea award recipient for 2012.

The county was recognized for its leadership in providing a year-round electronics recycling program which encourages the safe handling of electronic waste.

The county's electronic waste collection program began in 2003 and since then 872.65 tons of electronics have been collected at the facility.  Before the program was put into place, alternatives for Broome County residents to recycle their electronics were impractical and  expensive.

The Harvard University's Bright Ideas Initiative spotlights noteworthy and promising government programs and practices so that other municipalities can learn about, and possibly adopt, those initiatives.

The Broome County Landfill's electronics recycling program was one of 111 programs that were recognized this year.