Fair to join Merced city in two E-waste collection dates in April

The Merced County Fair said it will be collecting old televisions and computers at the fairgrounds April 10-11 and 17-18 and recycle them at a free E-waste recycling event.

The fairgrounds are at 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

The fair's E-waste recycling drop site will be at the fairgrounds' 11th Street parking lot, near the G Street entrance.

The fair said it's teaming up again with the city of Merced's annual Spring Cleanup. On those two weekends, the city will hold one of its four annual Spring Cleanup sites at the fairgrounds' location.

The fairgrounds' E-waste recycling and four spring cleanup locations will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. both weekends.

The city's annual Spring Cleanup is for city residents only, but everyone can drop off their unwanted computers, televisions, printers and other electronics items for recycling at the fair's E-waste drive or at one of the city's Spring Cleanup sites without proof of residency, the fair said in a news release.

There's no limit on the number of items that can be recycled, and they don't have to be in working order.

The city's three other Spring Cleanup drop-off locations are: Merced High School (G Street parking lot), Merced College (near Lehigh Drive parking lot) and Golden Valley High School (Childs Avenue parking lot).

The fairgrounds recycling event 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. The E-waste drive isn't collecting household appliances such as washers or dryers, but the city will be recycling some appliances for the first time at no charge.

"Coordinating our E-waste drive with the city's Spring Cleanup makes it very convenient for the community to recycle their E-waste after they have dropped off their items for the city's collection," said Tom Musser, the fair's CEO, in the news release.

The E-waste recycling program invites 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.

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. As of 2006, all electronic devices with a cord are banned from California landfills. These items can't be thrown in the trash because some of the parts are harmful to the environment and some components can be recycled, the news release said.

For more information, call (209) 722-1507, e-mail to Info@MercedCountyFair.com or fax at (209) 722-3773. Visit the 2010 Merced County Fair's Web site, www.MercedCountyFair.com and connect on Facebook and Twitter.