Long Beach - On Saturday, January 6, Councilmember Suja Lowenthal invited Long Beach residents to drop off their old, unused or broken electronic items ("e-waste") for recycling and charity donations. "E-waste" includes computer monitors and peripherals, TVs, plasma screens, DVD players, VCRs, cell phones, digital watches and clocks, LCD screens, electronic games/toys, etc.
"We had a wonderful turnout," Councilmember Suja Lowenthal said. "We had donors from across the city and even from Lakewood and Cypress. E-waste is a significant source of water pollution, so every electronic device we keep out of a landfill is good news for our environment."
The drive lasted four hours and collected over 37,000 pounds, or 18.5 tons, of e-waste from approximately 315 donors, according to estimates by Julie Dover, Goodwill’s Director of Commercial Operations. Goodwill collected the e-waste to earn e-waste recycling rebates for its employment programs for people with disabilities.
At the City Council meeting on Tuesday, January 23, Councilmember Lowenthal will recognize representatives from Goodwill, the Department of Toxic Substances Control and Su Casa for their environmental stewardship.
"We have been designated as a ‘Take it Back’ partner with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control and plan on more events such as this throughout the new year," said Dover. "When you recycle your televisions and computer monitors, you help the environment and the proceeds help fund our job training, education and employment programs for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment."
Su Casa Domestic Abuse Network, an anti-domestic abuse organization serving the Long Beach area, accepted 56 cell phones and 48 chargers to help spouses and children successfully transition out of abusive homes.
During the E-Waste Drive, Councilmember Lowenthal and Leonard Robinson, Chief Deputy Director for the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, presented certificates to Goodwill, Su Casa Domestic Abuse Network and the Aquarium of the Pacific, which donated free tickets to the Aquarium for e-waste donors.
Anyone who missed the e-waste drive can still get rid of unwanted electronics. You can bring your donation to Goodwill or call Long Beach’s Environmental Services hotline at (562) 570-2876, and the City will pick up your curbside e-waste and recycle it for you.