Electronic waste, commonly referred to as e-waste, is a major environmental issue in California, according to the event organizers. Each year, Californians dispose of at least 500,000 tons of e-waste such as TVs, computers and monitors, and other electronic devices. Many electronic items contain hazardous materials such as lead, cadmium and mercury that are harmful to humans, pets and the environment; for this reason, in California it is illegal to throw away unwanted electronics.
Also various components used in electronic equipment, such as glass, metals and plastic, can be recycled into other products, helping to save natural resources. E-waste also contains valuable materials such as gold, platinum and silver that can be recovered by recyclers.
Electronic Waste Management is a state-approved collector of e-waste. Any California business, school, government agency, organization or resident is welcome to bring unwanted electronic equipment to the DVC event, and there is no limit to the amount of e-waste people can bring.
E-waste items accepted include TVs, monitors, computers and components, scrap metal, wire and more. A complete list is at www.noewaste.com. The collection cannot accept household appliances, microwaves, smoke detectors, furniture or household or car batteries. Visit www.noewaste.com for a list of all e-waste items accepted.
The e-waste items collected will be recycled by a state-approved company and broken down to their primary components, which are then reused to make products such as cars and other electronic equipment.
OUT WITH THE E-OLD
What: Free E-Waste Disposal/Recycling Event
When: noon-5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 4
9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 5-6
Who: Electronic Waste Management
Where: Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill
Telephone: (866) 335-3373 (for event info)
Web site: www.noewaste.com/ (for state-required E-Waste Form)