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America Recycles Day
updated: Nov 09, 2012, 12:03 PM

Source: County Public Works

In celebration of America Recycles Day on Nov. 15, the Santa Barbara County Public Works Department encourages residents to bring old, unwanted electronics to one of the County's free and convenient drop-off sites. Items such as TVs, computers, DVD players, stereos, cell phones, and microwaves can be recycled at no charge at both the South Coast Recycling and Transfer Station and the Santa Ynez Valley Recycling and Transfer Station.

The transfer stations provide this free service year round. The South Coast Recycling and Transfer Station is open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The facility is located at 4430 Calle Real in Santa Barbara between the El SueƱo and Turnpike exits off Highway 101.

The Santa Ynez Valley Recycling and Transfer Station is located at 4004 Foxen Canyon Road in Los Olivos. The facility is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

So far this year, the County has collected over 600,000 pounds of electronics to be recycled. All collected materials are processed domestically by a certified recycler to ensure the safe and appropriate handling of the electronics.

Unlike some recycling operations in countries abroad, recyclers in the United States must adhere to strict regulations that protect workers' health and the environment. Because old electronics contain potentially hazardous materials - such as lead and mercury - it is important that they be processed safely.

In addition to the County's program, some local cities and private companies operate their own electronic waste collection programs. Details about all of these programs can be found on the County's recycling website at www.lessismore.org/ewaste.

America Recycles Day, sponsored by Keep America Beautiful, is an annual event that strives to increase awareness about recycling. More information can be found on the event website at www.americarecyclesday.org.


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