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Pleasanton Weekly

News - March 30, 2012

City to host free recycling, e-waste collection

Earth Day event slated for April 21

As one of its signature Earth Week events, the city of Pleasanton will host a free Community Recycling and E-Waste Collection from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, April 21, at the city's Operations Service Center at 3333 Busch Road. The event is free to Pleasanton residents.

Among the items that will be accepted for recycling are computer components, digital cameras, power cables, toner cartridges, video game systems, MP3 players, keyboards, DVD and other electronic items, batteries, and fluorescent light bulbs. Free halogen lamp replacement for CFL models will be offered to customers who bring a copy of their PG&E bill.

The event has been expanded this year to include the collection of shoes, clothing, bedding, linens and textiles. In addition, up to two banker-size boxes of paper per resident will be shredded and recycled between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

A complete list of accepted items can be viewed at http://noewaste.com/calendar.php. For more information, call (866) 335-3373. Among the items that will not be accepted are mattresses, furniture, smoke detectors and appliances.

Unused or expired pharmaceutical drugs will be collected at the same time and location. This portion of the event is co-hosted by the Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD). All prescription and over-the-counter drugs will be accepted from Pleasanton residents and DSRSD residential customers in Dublin and San Ramon.

Since 2008, DSRSD and the city of Pleasanton drop-off events have resulted in the collection of approximately 2,200 pounds of medications that otherwise might have been disposed into the sewer system or been diverted to the landfill. Drugs should not be disposed of in the toilet or sink because they contain chemicals, traces of which can pass through wastewater treatment to the San Francisco Bay where they may harm fish and other aquatic life.

For more information about the pharmaceutical drug drop-off, visit www.dsrsd.com or call 875-2294.

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