Free e-waste drop-off in Encinitas

COAST CITIES — The pioneers of San Diego’s first curbside recycling, Solana Recyclers, began in 1983 in Solana Beach.
They will be going back to their collection roots, holding a free electronic waste drop off. E-waste can be dropped off at the Solana Center on America Recycles Day from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 15 at 137 N. El Camino Real.
Electronic waste and batteries contain toxic substances like lead, mercury, and cadmium, yet are illegally dumped in landfills at an alarming rate. In 2005 in San Diego alone, 2,237,570 pounds of batteries were sold but only 790 pounds were collected to be recycled. Safe and free recycling of electronic waste (e-waste) materials, such as monitors, cell phones, televisions, computers, and batteries, is being promoted in the City of Encinitas by the Solana Center for Environmental Innovation and Recycle San Diego. Contact the Solana Center at (760) 436-7986, ext. 213 or email sandy@solanacenter.org with any questions.
In anticipation of America Recycles Day, the Solana Center will also be celebrating 25 years of service to the community with a 25th anniversary gala from 6 to 9 p.m., Nov. 14 at the Valley Club, 2280 Calle Barcelona. Tickets are $25. For more information or to RSVP call the Solana Center or visit http://www.solanacenter.org/25th_Anniversary_Invitation.mht.

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