Old CD players and computers that have suffered through years of Isla Vista abuse will be able to find a new home on Saturday: the garbage.
The Solid Waste and Utilities Division of the Santa Barbara County Public Works Dept. will be holding a collection of electronic equipment for the South Coast. The collection will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in parking lot 2C of Santa Barbara City College and also at Raytheon’s parking lot at 6380 Hollister Ave.
The one-day event is being held to collect used and unwanted electronic equipment to be repaired and resold or recycled. Harrington Metal Recyclers, Inc. will repair the electronic equipment it can and resell it. Electronics that are obsolete or cannot be repaired will be recycled.
Computers, printers, fax machines, scanners, copy machines, microwave ovens, camcorders and radios are some of the many items that will be accepted free of charge. Computer monitors and televisions will be accepted for $10.
Because the cathode ray tubes in televisions and computer monitors contain lead, which is a hazardous waste, the county is incurring the $10 fee to cover the cost of recycling these items.
“This event will enable residents of the South Coast to properly dispose of their electronic equipment, rather than throwing it in the trash,” said Alan Nakashima, Public Works Dept. program specialist. “As a result, this event will help preserve our environment, natural resources and landfill space.”
Another collection for the North County and Santa Ynez Valley will be scheduled in the spring.