The American Red Cross will be collecting old electronics, such as stereos, television sets, telephones and computers, at the Santa Monica chapter, 1450 11th St., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through the end of November.

The consumer electronic recyclables will be collected for a three-month period in association with Coastal E-Waste, a private electronic waste management company. A portion of the proceeds obtained from the electronic recycling drive will benefit Santa Monica Red Cross disaster preparedness and relief programs.

State law prohibits disposing old and used electronics, such as batteries, in the trash. Electronic items, including electronic office equipment, must be disposed of properly or recycled. Items that can be recycled include CRT monitors and television sets, regular and cellular telephones, phone answering machines, cell phones and accessories.

Stereo equipment, including loudspeakers, tape and cassette players and recorders, DVD and VCR players, computers, scanners, fax machines, batteries, printer cartridges, audio and video tapes and floppy discs are all recyclable, according to the Red Cross.

The Santa Monica Red Cross and Coastal E-Waste suggest that personal files and data be erased from hard drives of any computers turned in for recycling, as well as information from phone systems, recorders or answering machines to assure protection of privacy.

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

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