Residents free to unload unwanted gadgets
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Old telephones, broken computers and unwanted video cassette recorders are examples of the household electronic junk that residents can discard free of charge at the Boyd Service Center on Saturday, April 13.

The one-day electronic waste collection at Gate 1 of the 520 Tracy Blvd. facility will also accept cardboard, expanded polystyrene foam, household batteries and mercury items.

Jennifer Carigilo, of the city of Tracy Public Works Department, said residents can also dispose of small home appliances, such as microwaves, toaster ovens and coffeemakers.

Carigilo said three electronic waste recycling events in Tracy in 2012 collected 54,330 pounds of cathode ray tubes from televisions and computer monitors, along with 46,859 pounds of other electronic devices.

Two more free e-waste collections will follow on July 13 and Oct. 12 at the Boyd Service Center.

Anyone with more than 20 electronic devices to discard must call Onsite Electronics Recycling for bulk collection at 234-7994.

At a glance

During an electronic waste collection Saturday, April 13, at Boyd Service Center, 520 Tracy Blvd., residents can discard the following items:

• Electronic appliances, such as televisions, computers, monitors, printers, stereos, cellphones, telephones and small countertop microwaves

• White No. 6 polystyrene block foam packaging

• Fluorescent tubes, with a limit of 20 per resident or business

• Household batteries and hobby batteries.

• Items containing mercury, including thermostats and thermometers

• Cardboard

• Holiday lights

The service center will not accept these items:

• Automotive batteries

• Bubble wrap

• Foam packing peanuts

• Foam food and beverage containers

• Appliances of dishwasher size and larger, which can instead be taken to San Joaquin County Solid Waste Facilities — including Lovelace Materials Recovery Facility, 2323 E. Lovelace Road, in Manteca — for free disposal, with some restrictions

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April 11, 2013
The cardboard one really baffles me. That just goes in the recycling too, or into the fireplace.

Fluorescent tubes and Christmas lights are easy to deal with. I just put them in the trash, with a plastic bag over the end then smack em with a hammer.
April 11, 2013
Ummm. Why would I need to go somewhere special to throw away stuff like Old telephones, broken computers, microwaves, toaster ovens or coffeemakers. All these things readily fit into the standard residential recycling can.

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