On Saturday south county residents can get rid of old computer monitors and television sets free of charge and close to home, and in doing so make a contribution to school programs.

Pam Konoval, American Canyon environmental program specialist, said last week she hopes as many as 500 cars will stop by the Community Center on Benton Way during the city’s first e-cycling event.

The American Canyon-sponsored event was organized to help city residents get rid of their e-waste, which cannot be thrown away in the regular household garbage under state law. The event is for American Canyon residents, though no one will be turned away, Konoval said.

Fresno-based Electronic Recyclers collects and recycles the old electronics.

The state’s Integrated Waste Management Board pays the Fresno business 48 cents for every pound of television and monitors. Electronic Recyclers then pays the Donaldson Way Elementary School as much as 20 cents a pound, Konoval said.

“It’s kind of a win-win situation for both of us,” Konoval said, referring to the school and the city.

Electronic Recyclers is also at Vintage High School Saturday. Vintage High’s Cheer and Dance team will be paid up to 13 cents for the outdated televisions and monitors dropped off at the high school parking lot between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Laura Tyrrell, the Vintage High parent who organized the fundraiser, said the money raised is to offset the team’s travel expenses to the Jamz National Championships in Las Vegas in March.

Napa Recycling and Waste Services at 820 Levitin Way off South Kelly Road and Highway 29 also accepts e-waste free of charge, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week. The center is closed on major holidays.

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