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.
- 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.
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