The Merced County Fair said it will hold a free E-waste recycling weekend at the fairgrounds' 11th Street parking lot, with access through the G Street entrance. Saturday hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The final recycling event of the year at the fairgrounds will accept only the following items: TVs, computer monitors, LCD screens, plasma screens, laptops, computer towers, printers, copiers, fax machines, calculators, stereo systems, keyboards, computer mice, VCRs, speakers, cell phones and telephones. Other household appliances such as microwaves, vacuum cleaners, washers or dryers will not be accepted.
There are no residency restrictions at the fairgrounds’ E-waste recycling drop-off — everyone can bring their unwanted computers, TVs, printers and other electronics items for recycling. There’s no limit on the number of items that can be recycled and they don’t have to be in working order.
The Merced County Fair and Electronic Recyclers of Fresno, the largest E-waste recycler in California, are partners in a program that encourages everyone with any old, obsolete or damaged electronics to bring the unwanted items to the fairgrounds. State law prohibits people from disposing of those items in the trash.
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E-waste — all consumer and business electronic equipment that’s obsolete or at the end of its useful life — is the most rapidly growing waste problem in the world, according to a news release from the fair. Since 2006, all electronic devices with a cord are banned from California landfills. These items can't be thrown in the trash because some parts are harmful to the environment and some components can be recycled.
For more information, call (209) 722-1507, email to Info@MercedCountyFair.com, fax at (209) 722-3773 or visit www.MercedCountyFair.com--Sun-Star staff