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

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

State law prohibits disposing old and used electronics, including batteries, in the trash, a Red Cross spokesman notes. Electronic items, including electronic office equipment, must be disposed of properly and that includes recycling. 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 and computer peripherals, scanners and fax machines, batteries, printer cartridges, audio and video tapes and floppy discs are all recyclable items.

The Santa Monica Red Cross and Coastal E-Waste suggest that personal files and data be erased from hard drives of any computers, cell phones and phone answering devices turned in for recycling to help assure privacy and prevent identity theft.

For additional information or to inquire about other Red Cross programs or assistance, (310) 394-3773 or