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Hazardous and Electronic (E-Waste) Disposal.

Hazardous and Electronic (E-Waste) Disposal.
Spring cleaning is in the air and perhaps that includes some things that we might want to get rid of to prepare for some summertime space; but does it all go into the garbage bins?  According to the EPA, the answer may surprise you. “For every million cell phones we recycle, 35 thousand pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold and 33 pounds of palladium can be recovered.  Donating or recycling consumer electronics conserves our natural resources and avoids air and water pollution, as well as greenhouse gas emissions that are caused by manufacturing virgin materials,” (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, April 7, 2016). First, be sure to remove any batteries as they have to recycled separately with hazardous waste material and recycling:  (http://lessismore.org/material_categories/4-hazardous-waste). Some manufacturers will take back their products to recycle them for you.  You can find a list at the following website:  (https://www.epa.gov/recycle/electronics-donation-and-recycling). A local resource provided by the Santa Barbara County Resource Recovery and Waste Management Division at:  (http://lessismore.org/material_categories/5-electronics).  Anything from TV’s, office equipment, small and large appliances and more has an answer at your local waste and recycle management center.  Please visit the website for your bulk waste disposal needs.

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