SD Storage in San Diego is partnering with GreenSpot DropOff, setting up collection centers at its self-storage facilities to offer free and convenient e-waste recycling for tenants.
Six of nine SD Storage locations have been outfitted with GreenSpot DropOff collection stations. Rather than paying a recycling companys fees collect e-waste, tenants can simply drop off their old electrical items while at the facility.
Obsolete computers, old monitors, broken copy machines, or other unwanted or unused electrical items can be left at one of these stations for proper disposal. California state law mandates electronic items be recycled because some materials within many of these electronic devices are classified as hazardous waste and cannot be disposed of in landfills or by local trash-collection services. In addition, the metals used in these devices can be recycled, which helps preserve resources and protects the planet by reducing the amount of new metals that have to be mined.
Electronic discard is one of the most rapidly rising segments of the waste stream in the United States. According to eRecycle.org, researchers estimate nearly 75 percent of old electronic devices are in storage, partly due to the uncertainty of how to properly manage the materials.
SD Storage hopes by setting up these e-waste stations tenants will be motivated to recycle their unwanted electronic devices rather than discarding them in areas where they could potentially pose a threat to the environment.
Current SD Storage e-waste drop off locations include these facilities: Escondido, National City, North San Marcos, Pacific Beach, South San Marcos and Vista.