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If you have an old television, computer monitor, and/or laptop computer you want to get rid of, you can dispose of them safely with the Fresno EOC Local Conservation Corps (LCC). LCC just relaunched its public E-waste recycling events. E-waste is the common name for electronic devices that are nearing the end of their useful life. The public events were shut down over the past two years due to COVID-19 restrictions by the state.
E-waste collection events will be held at the LCC in southwest Fresno on October 21, November 8, and December 15 from 8AM until 12PM. LCC Director Shawn Riggins says, “Residents of Fresno County and the City of Fresno can drop off televisions, computer monitors, and laptops at these free events funded by CalRecycle. Their screens must be intact. During these events, LCC will not accept printers or other household appliances.”

It’s critical to keep electronic waste out of public landfills because some items contain toxic materials which can pollute the air and leach into the soil contaminating our groundwater. For example, televisions and computer monitors could have Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs) inside them, which contain large amounts of lead and other materials considered household hazardous wastes (HHW) by the Environmental Protection Agency.

E-Waste recycling is more important than ever. Southwest Fresno is home to the most polluted zip code in the state. According to CalEnviroScreen, 93706 ranks in the 98th percentile for asthma and cardiovascular rates while ranking in the 99th percentile for low birth rate babies. Knowing these e-waste items are being recycled, should provide residents peace of mind, as they are disposing of their E-waste items safely with LCC. “These are no contact drop-off events,” said Julio Lopez, LCC Recycling Program Manager. “They don’t even have to get out of their car. When they pull up to the drop-off site, an LCC corpsmember will come to your vehicle and safely pull the item from the trunk or backseat.”

Corpsmembers will then pack the items on pallets to be shipped off to a facility in Hayward, where they will be recycled. The funds raised by these events will go back to Fresno EOC Local Conservation Corps program.

If you cannot make it to the LCC’s E-waste recycling events, you can arrange for the items to be picked up by corpsmembers at your home, free of charge. Call the LCC’s Recycling Program at (559) 264-1048.

About Fresno EOC Local Conservation Corps (LCC)At Fresno EOC LCC, young adults between the ages of 18-26 can participate in the following vocational training areas, earning $16 per hour; recycling, solar/weatherization, construction, public lands, and landscaping.

  • LCC partners with the Cities and Counties of Fresno and Madera to partner on Amnesty Day collection events for tires and E-waste from residents
  • LCC partners with the Mattress Recycling Council on mattress collection events for the public
  • LCC partners with the Fresno Metro Flood District to post signage advising residents to not pour oil down flood drains

In addition to developing vocational skills, corpsmembers are required to enroll and progress in an academic program concurrent to their enrollment in LCC’s paid skill-building vocational training programs. Students, ages 18 -29, lacking a high school diploma enroll in the on-site YouthBuild Charter School of California (YCSC). High school graduates are encouraged to enroll in local college classes. Once enrolled at LCC, corpsmembers can receive an AmeriCorps scholarship, which allows them to earn an education award (college scholarship), up to $2,300, while serving their community.

 

Click here for an application to become an LCC corpsmember.

 

Click here to learn more about pollution in your area with the OEHHA CalEnviroScreen tool.

 

For media inquiries, please contact Claudia.solis@fresnoeoc.org.

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