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Staples Center to host all-day electronics recycling event

By Hayley Fox
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012, at 09:00AM
Eric Richardson

Thursday's event will include a collection of recyclable electronics.

On Thursday as part of a national day of recycling efforts, Downtowners can drop of their old or unwanted electronics from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at a parking lot on Figueroa. Hosted by L.A. Live, the Staples Center and Waste Management, organizers are calling the event the "largest E-Waste and recycling collection event in Los Angeles."

E-waste refers to electronics that people want to throw out, but that can't be dumped in the trash because of hazardous materials they may contain.

"If these items are disposed in landfills or, worse, dumped illegally, potentially toxic components may contaminate our ground water or pollute our environment," according to the L.A. County Department of Public Works.

Public Work suggests that if the old electronics are still usable, donate them to a charity. If they're broken or unacceptable, then take them to be recycled.

Items that can be dropped off at tomorrow's event include:

  • Desktop and laptop computers, computer monitors, printers, keyboards and mice

  • Fax machines and photocopiers

  • TVs, VCRs, stereos

  • Home and office phones, cell phones

  • Microwaves and other misc. consumer electronics

Items that cannot be recycled at the event include; light bulbs, batteries, smoke alarms, thermometers, "any unit with sludge or liquids" and appliances such as refrigerators.

Donations can be dropped off in Parking Lot 7 at 1150 S. Figueroa. You can enter the parking lot from 11th St. between Flower and Figueroa.

Thursday's e-waste collection event is part of a country-wide effort dubbed "America Recycles Day," aimed at increasing the recycling rate -- which is currently at about 34 percent.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in 2009 U.S. consumers and businesses discarded approximately 2.37 million tons of electronics including computers, cell phones, printers and faxes; about 25 percent of the items were recycled, while the rest were dumped in landfills.

This will be the third year that the Staples Center has hosted this day of electronics recycling. There will be a food truck on hand, a press conference at 11 a.m. and officials will showcase the new custom recycling bins that will be used at the sports arena.

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