Youth volunteers from the American Red Cross of Santa Monica are collecting old electronics (stereos, television sets, telephones, computers and other items) every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Thursday, August 31st, at the chapter office, at 1450 11th St. in Santa Monica.

The consumer electronics recyclables will be collected in association with California Recycles, a private electronics waste management company.

A fee is charged for dropping off the old electronics and a portion of the proceeds obtained from the recycling drive will benefit Santa Monica Red Cross youth programs.

Recent changes in state law prohibit the disposal in the trash of old and used electronics, including batteries.

Consumer electronic items, including electronic office equipment, are required to be disposed of properly, which includes recycling.

Items that can be recycled include computer monitors, television sets, regular and cellular telephones, phone answering machines, cell phone accessories, loudspeakers, tape and cassette players, recorders, DVD players, VCRs, computer accessories, scanners, fax machines, batteries, printer cartridges, audio and video tapes and floppy discs.

To assure protection of privacy, all files and personal data can be erased or wiped from the hard drive of any computers, phone systems, or answering machines.

Information, (310) 394-3773 or www.redcrossofsantamonica.org

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