San Diego Self Storage (SDSS) is partnering with Recycle San Diego (RSD) to host an electronic-waste (e-waste) recycling campaign at its facility in National City, Calif., May 19-25. The free recycling event is open to the public at National/54 Self Storage, 132 West 33rd St. The facility is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The following items will be accepted: computers, monitors, televisions, small printers, laptops, cell phones, copiers, fax machines and other electronic products. A full list of accepted items is available at http://recyclesandiego.org/services/electronics-recycling.
It is illegal in California to dispose of e-waste in the refuse because electronic devices contain hazardous and toxic substances that pose serious risks to the environment and consumer health.
"We’re partnering with RSD to make it convenient for residents and businesses in National City to drop off their electronic equipment for recycling. For example, heavy metals can leach into landfill soil and then into our underground water supply, causing severe and even life-threatening illnesses," said SSDS Managing Member J. Terry Aston. "TVs and computer monitors use cathode ray tubes (CRTs), which contain a significant amount of lead, a highly toxic heavy metal. Printed circuit boards contain plastic and copper, and most have small amounts of chromium, lead solder, nickel and zinc. RSD’s primary goal is to re-use and re-purpose components before recycling; therefore, we’re offering our facility as a drop-off location to assist in their efforts, which in turn benefits all San Diegans.”
Founded in 1972, SSDS has a network of 18 self-storage facilities in San Diego County, and additional facilities in Los Angeles and Orange counties. The company is locally owned and operated.
Founded in 2006, RSD provides waste-collection systems. The company recycles more than 100 items and provides drop-off locations at its San Diego headquarters and various community sites as well as the option to schedule a pickup from a business office.