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Get rid of computer gear for free at school benefits

Residents have two chances coming up to get rid of electronic waste for free and ensure it is properly recycled.

Union Hill School’s free e-waste disposal event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today in the school’s front parking lot at 11638 Colfax Highway, east of Grass Valley. This event benefits the Union Hill educational trip to New York and Washington DC in June.

William’s Ranch and Pleasant Valley Schools will hold a similar event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 22, to benefit programs there. It’s in the parking lot of Williams Ranch School, 14804 Pleasant Valley Road, Penn Valley. If you are unable to make the drop-off time, contact Sharla Cartzdafner at (530) 263-5766; she may be able to arrange a pick-up.

In both cases, students will unload the items – you don’t even have to get out of your car.

Both events will accept computer monitors, televisions, desktop and notebook PCs, VCRs, stereo equipment, speakers, keyboards, mice, PDAs, digital cameras, zip drives, telephones, cellular telephones, printers, copiers, scanners and fax machines.

At Union Hill, they also will accept electronic cables, video game consoles, DVD players, microwaves and small kitchen appliances such as mixers and toasters.

Neither event will accept large household appliances such as refrigerators, washers and dryers, furniture, or hazardous household waste such as fluorescent light bulbs, paint, pesticides, used oil, cleaning supplies and tires.

Both groups are working with California Electronic Asset Recovery Inc., a state-approved electronic waste collector and recycler in Sacramento. For optimal security, CEAR shreds all accepted computer hard drives; their facility is monitored 24/7 by surveillance cameras. For details, visit

– The Union staff

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