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How To Get Rid of E-Waste

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Published on Jan 3, 2013

The City of Carlsbad makes it easy for residents to get rid of all kinds of trash --in a way that's convenient and helps protect the environment. If you have old electronics like TVs, computers, DVD players and VCRs, stereos, copiers and fax machines, don't throw them in the trash. Dispose of them properly using our environmental services for electronic waste. To learn more, watch this video and check the city's website at http://www.carlsbadca.gov/services/de....

In Carlsbad, it's easy and convenient to safely dispose of your e-waste in a way that helps protect the environment. Drop it off for free at one of three city approved locations or call to arrange free pick up from your home.

E-waste is a popular, informal name for electronic devices nearing the end of their "useful life." Many of these products can be reused, refurbished or recycled. Some common electronic products are computers, dvd player and batteries.

How to Dispose of e-waste in Carlsbad:

Curbside e-waste collection program

Residents can schedule a curbside e waste collection as part of the new bulky item program.

Residents are able to place used household batteries and unwanted cell phones in a clear plastic storage bag on top of their recycle cart on their normal scheduled collection day.

Drop off program

Waste Management Recycling Facility
2880 Industry St.
Oceanside, CA 92054
Hours: Alternating Saturdays 9 a.m. -- 1 p.m.
By appointment only
760-929-9400
Cost: FREE

PSC Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility
1145 East Taylor St.
Vista, CA 92084
Hours: Saturdays 9 a.m. -- 3 p.m.
800-714-1195
Cost: FREE

Waste Management Buyback Center (located at the Palomar Transfer Station)
5960 El Camino Real
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Hours: Tuesday -- Saturday 8 a.m. -- 4 p.m.; closed Noon -- 12:40 p.m.
760-929-9400
Cost: FREE

According to the California Integrated Waste Management Board, electronic discards, or e-waste, is one of the fastest growing segments of our nation's waste stream. In addition, some researchers estimate that nearly 75 percent of old electronics are in storage, in part because of the uncertainty of how to dispose properly these items.

As technology quickly evolves and new products are outdated almost as soon as they are available for purchase, the need for proper and safe disposal of e-waste is apparent. If products are still in working order or need minor repairs, they should be donated to a school, library, charity or church. If they are broken and need to be disposed of, there are several disposal options in North San Diego County - do not place e-waste with your household trash.

Certain materials, particularly metals, in electronic devices can be salvaged and recycled, and safe disposal of e-waste ensures that no harmful materials such as lead will contaminate our landfills or water supply.

E-waste includes:

• Cell phones, PDAs, pagers
• Computer monitors
• Computer software disks
• Computers/CPUs
• Laptop computers
• Photocopiers
• Printers/scanners/fax machines
• Stereos/radios/MP3 players or iPods
• Telephones/answering machines
• Televisions (including plasma and LCD)
• VCRs/DVD players
• Video game consoles

City of Carlsbad
Carlsbad, California

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