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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Too Toxic To Trash

Dispose of household hazardous waste and e-waste the right way at the "Household Hazardous and E-Waste Round Up". The event will take place on Saturday, March 3, 2007 from 9:00am-3:00pm at the Dock 52 Parking Lot in Marina Del Rey.

Universal waste such as household batteries, electronic devices, fluorescent light bulbs, and mercury thermostats SHOULD NOT be placed in your trash. Bring them to this event.

For a complete listing of what you can and cannot bring or information on events, please go to:



Anonymous Loren Reichman said...

Although I am glad household hazardous waste collection events are held, I feel that what is needed are permanent, convenient, drop-off bins in stores and public spaces for such frequently-used (and frequently discarded) household hazardous wastes as fluorescent bulbs, batteries, and if possible medications. (Sealed containers with only small slots for inserting discarded medications would be necessary.)

One-time events that collect such wastes are a great start, but too many highly-polluting and dangerous household items that are used regularly still get thrown into the trash, and get into soil and water supplies, and thereby into our food and water. Mutations of wildlife have already been attributed to this; we have no idea the long-term effects on human health.

A ban on incandescent light bulbs has been proposed and the use of fluorescent bulbs is being promoted vigorously, but no one seems concerned that these bulbs contain mercury, which is highly toxic to health, and large-scale use of these bulbs (though fortunately saving energy) is resulting in huge numbers of these bulbs being thrown into regular trash.

Drop-off containers and bags for ink jet cartridges and cell phone batteries are seen frequently in electronics and office supply stores. If both city and private trash collection cannot provide regular collection of household hazardous waste items as well as other trash from people's homes, we should implement collection boxes and regular pick-up of small household hazardous waste items in such frequently used places as office buildings, supermarkets (and of course health food stores), pharmacies, schools, government buildings frequently used by the public such as post offices and libraries, as well as encouraging other businesses to have such collection boxes in their stores and offices.

6:22 PM  

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