Wednesday, February 14, 2007

E-waste recycling at Amoeba

In the last couple weeks, a few of my favorite blogs have announced that Amoeba Music is now accepting e-waste for recycling. This is the latest green effort from Amoeba--if you've been there lately, you've probably noticed the large signs giving tips on how to fight global warming, and their compact fluourescent lightbulbs for sale.
I wanted to check out the e-waste recycling scene before I posted about it, so I grabbed whatever seemed like e-waste around my house, which turned out to be just a few old software CDs, and stopped by to check it out. I have to admit, I was expecting something really big. Like, maybe at the door there would be a huge flashing sign alerting everyone of their new, forward-thinking addition to the store. When I saw no such sign, I inquired at the bag check desk and the guy looked at me like I was crazy. He eventually realized what I was talking about and said he thought it was "over in the back, by the stairs". So, I found my way to the box atop a glass cabinet that you see above (indeed, by the stairs). So, it turns out you can recycle just what it says on the box: batteries and small electronics, like cell phones, walkmens, and MP3 players. One of the friendly Amoeba employees told me that people can also bring larger electronics, like VCRs and stereos, that wouldn't fit in the box. Just give it to a cashier and he/she will take care of it. My software cds were a no-go, so it looks like I'll be returning with batteries and a broken mini-DV rewinder. If you don't live in L.A., look into your local options for e-waste recycling, probably through the city. More on L.A. e-waste recycling soon...Just found out that for a year now, it's been illegal in California to throw alkaline batteries in the trash! In the meantime, kudos to Amoeba for yet another step in the right direction. Now if I can just get them to stop giving out so many of those yellow bags...

22 comments:

Shauna said...

Yea battery recycling! In Canada, you can find a box to dump old batteries in nearly every drugstore etc. Now I want to find something closer to home:)

Jordan said...

Sara,

I'm trying to recycle all my e-waste, but it's a struggle. Here's what I've found out:

This site lists the City of LA's solutions for e-waste recycling. Click on the link near the bottom for SAFE Centers. They are only open on Saturday mornings, which is a shitty system.

The City of Santa Monica also runs one, right next to the Cloverfield exit off the 10. If you're not a Santa Monica resident, you a small fee based on the weight of what you're dropping off, but you can deduct that payment from your taxes.

http://ciwmb.ca.gov/Electronics/Collection/RecyclerDetail.aspx?FacilityID=531&ReturnUrl=http%3a%2f%2fciwmb.ca.gov%2fElectronics%2fCollection%2fRecyclerList.aspx%3fMaterialTypeIDList%3d%26CountyIDList%3d19%26FacilityName%3d%26FormsAccepted%3d%26MinimumQuantityAccepted%3d%26QuantityAcceptedUnitsID%3d

Last, Best Buy (at least, the one in Culver City on Venice) has some small item recycling in the lobby, right before you enter the store. You can drop off batteries, printer cartridges, cell phones, and a couple other things that I forgot.

Sara said...

thanks for the great info, jordan! I'll be checking out the Best Buy in my 'hood for the small stuff. below are more locations for bureau of sanitation's hazardous waste drop-offs. This is what they say:

"We accept: paint and solvents; used motor oil and filters, anti-freeze, and other automotive fluids; cleaning products; pool and garden chemicals; aerosol cans; all medicine; auto batteries; household batteries.

E-waste: computers, monitors, printers, network equipment, cables, telephones, televisions, microwaves, video games, cell phones, radios, stereos, VCRs, and electronic toys."

FYI, they do not accept explosives or radioactive materials, in case you were wondering. :)
SAFE Centers

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