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Conscientious Consumer: What to do with Electronic Waste (E-Waste)

By Sean | In Health & Lifestyle | on January 7, 2012

Last Saturday I posted about Hazardous Household Waste (HHW) and how we can properly dispose of items like old batteries, leftover paint, and old cleaning supplies by dropping them off at the Hyperion Water Treatment Plant on Saturday or Sunday between the hours of 9am-3pm. I’ll branch off a bit from HHW to electronic waste (e-waste) which are items such as computers, TV’s, VCR’s, stereos, copiers, fax machines, telephones, and other common electronic products that become unwanted as they are replaced by newer, more advanced products. Some of these unwanted products can be reused or refurbished. Non-profit, charitable organizations such as L.A. Shares, Goodwill Industries, the Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul may accept electronic products that are in good working condition or that may only need minor repairs in order to be reused. Contact these organizations directly for more information.

However, if the older electronics are no longer usable please do not just throw your old equipment in the garbage or the landfill.  Many of these items contain toxic substances and heavy metals that can seep into the ground water supply and cause health issues to anyone exposed to the contaminated water.  Instead please visit the ERecycle.org website to find a recycling location near you.  Luckily most of us reading this post live in the greater Los Angeles area and there are plenty of options to choose from with one being the Hyperion Water Treatment Plant.  It is the same location and and has the same hours as the HHW drop-off site, so make one trip and drop off any HHW and e-waste that you’ve been meaning to get rid of in just a few minutes drive from Intrepid.  Check the information here to see the exact equipment they accept before hauling everything over there.  According to the City of Los Angeles website, they limit patrons to six items per visit but smaller items can be boxed together and counted as one item.  Thanks again for making wise decisions in the disposal of your HHW and e-waste, and doing your part to protect our environment and community.


WOD 1.07.12
6 Rounds:
1 Rope Climb
10 KB Clean & Jerk
35 Double Unders

Cash Out:  Sandbag carry relay

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