Save Mart Helps Californians Recycle Electronics
The state of California prohibits consumers from tossing out unwanted
television or computer monitors, because electronic items have toxic
elements (lead and mercury,) which leak hazardous waste into landfills.
By law, such products must now be recycled properly and in ways that
won't harm the environment.
To help consumers with recycling, retailer Save Mart in northern and
central California planned a collection drive for those old electronics
on 24 and 25 February 2007 at six locations. Old computers, television
sets, VCRs, stereos and other out-dated, unusable or unwanted
electronic items are all appropriate for handing in.
The event is designed to provide consumers the opportunity to finally
get rid of those old unwanted items, long since replaced and gathering
dust in garages. The program is part of Save Mart's ongoing commitment
to protecting the environment.
"In an attempt to help their customers and the environment, Save Mart
has become proactive in its efforts to collect electronic waste over
this two-day, six-location event," the retailer announced. Electronics
collected will then be trucked away and recycled by Fresno-based
Electronic Recyclers, the largest recycler of electronic waste in
California and Save Mart's partner for this event.
"We're extremely proud to be partnering with Save Mart for this special
program," said John S. Shegerian, chairman and CEO of Electronic
Recyclers. "Save Mart is an organization that has been very progressive
in terms of environmental concerns and this electronic recycling event
is a further example of their commitment. They are helping their
customers and the community become more environmentally responsible by
offering them a convenient way to safely dispose of their old
Californians (about 37 million) replace hundreds of thousands of TVs,
computers, monitors and other electronic devices each year. Plus, they
store literally millions more that are not used any more in homes,
garages and businesses. Electronic products contain valuable resources
such as metal, plastic and glass, which can and should be recycled
instead of thrown away.
Save Mart Supercenters are located in Tracy, Milpitas, Modesto, Madera,
Clovis, and Tehachapi.
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