The American Red Cross of Santa Monica will be collecting old electronics — stereos, television sets, telephones, computers and more — at their headquarters located at 1450 11th St. (at Broadway) 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 based in Chatsworth. 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, including batteries, in the trash. 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.   

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 phone systems, recorders or answering machines to assure protection of your privacy. 

The American Red Cross of Santa Monica is a publicly supported, nonprofit corporation that provides health and safety education, youth services, CPR and first aid training, disaster awareness and disaster relief efforts. For additional information or to inquire about other programs or assistance call (310) 394-3773 or go online at 

— Daily Press

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