Central Valley e-waste recycling effort set

Electronic Recyclers and the Big Fresno Fair are sponsoring a weekend of free recycling of electronic waste, Aug. 5 and Aug. 6.

Central Valley residents can use the event to safely unload their old computers, television sets and other out-dated, unusable or unwanted electronic items for proper recycling.

The site will be open 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. each day.

The Big Fresno Fair is the first state fairground location in California to serve as a collector of electronic waste.

It is illegal to simply throw an old television or computer monitor in the trash in California because such electronic items have toxic elements in them that are environmentally hazardous when they are dumped into landfills. By law, such products must now be recycled properly and in ways that won’t harm the environment.

The electronics collected at the fairgrounds will be recycled by Fresno-based Electronic Recyclers, which describes itself as the largest recycler of electronic waste in California.

“We hope that the event will set an example and that other fairgrounds up and down the state will follow suit,” says John Shegerian, president and CEO of Electronic Recyclers.

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