Santa Clara County launches e-waste program

June 1, 2009 1:19:03 PM PDT
Santa Clara County officials are launching a new electronic waste program that allows local residents to drop off unwanted e-waste for free at various locations around the county.

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E-waste, a term used to describe electronic products at the end of their useful life, includes used or broken computers, printers, laptops, used cell phones, televisions and VCRs.

The Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition and the National Safety Council estimate that there are about 500 million outdated computers nationwide, as well as 130 million cell phones that are disposed of annually.

The program is an attempt to prevent the improper disposal of these items, which contain hazardous materials such as lead, mercury and cadmium, according to county officials.

The e-waste collection events will be scheduled once a month at various locations throughout the county. All events will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For the location of collection events in the county, visit http://www.hhw.org or call (408) 299-7300.

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