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College to host e-waste recycling event

SAN MARCOS — As part of the university’s commitment to sustainability, Cal State San Marcos will sponsor a free electronic waste recycling event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 23. This event will help community members and businesses recycle and properly dispose of old or unwanted electronics in a sustainable and environmentally-friendly manner.
Statistics released by the Environment Protection Agency in 2007 state that an estimated 370 million units of e-waste are discarded annually in the United States and less than 20 percent of it is recycled.
Although e-waste only accounts for 2 percent of America’s trash in landfills, it equals 70 percent of overall toxic waste. Some electronic devices contain contaminants and hazardous materials including lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, beryllium, and brominated flame retardants.
Organized by the university’s Office of Community Service Learning and Risk Management & Safety, the free recycling event will be held on campus in Lot B, at 333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road. The event will be held rain or shine.
Household or commercial appliances or hazardous materials/ waste are not accepted.