Recycle your e-waste Saturday in HMB at the Coastside Farmer’s Market

Posted by on Fri, September 14, 2007

Rich Anderson via Wikipedia

Saturday, Coastsiders can can drop off electronic waste anytime Saturday at the Coastside Farmer’s Market at Shoreline Station from 8:30am to 2pm, or one hour after the market closes.

They will accept all home electronic devices, TV’s, VCR’s, stereo equipment—but the focus is on computer equipment. Most people don’t know they can recycle all those advertising CD’s, old floppies, TV remotes, charger packs for phones they don’t have anymore—the electro-junk that fills their drawers and garages. Do you have old fax machines, printers or scanners lying around they don’t quite know what to do with? Here is your chance to make some space in the kitchen drawer for the can openers—or on your desk for photos of Spot and Rex.

This is a terrific service to the community that you should take advantage of. If you miss this event, you should also know that the Goodwill station near the Linda Mar shopping center in Pacifica also takes electronics for recycling.

We have a lot to be grateful for in HMB - the environment, the sun, the surf, the gorgeous coastline, mountains and views. And the people.

This Saturday was another gorgeous day at the Coastside Farmers Market - the usual great people with an added attraction. An eWaste recycling event that was an enormous success, and showed how great the people of Half Moon Bay (and the greater coastside) really are.

The new count is not yet in, but it looks like 3.5-4 tons of eWaste were collected at this recycling event. Thank you to everyone who participated, helped out, and to Erin Tormey from the Coastside Farmers Market for doing most of the organizing.

Many folks do not know that CDs, batteries of all kinds, floppy disks, cell phones, computers, printers, monitors, and all types of computer gear can be recycled. We call this eWaste. Technically, eWaste is defined as any waste from or caused by electronics, which is often toxic waste. It is a major concern with respect to wireless technology and computers, which are readily discarded due to rapid technological change, low initial cost and planned obsolescence.

eWaste causes serious public health and environmental pollution issues, both to underdeveloped countries and within the United States. We worked with a moral and ethical recycler who recycles all of this eWaste in the United States (Fresno, CA), and therefore is governed by the laws and regulations of the US.

This weekend was also the EcoFair in HMB, and we can all breath a huge sigh of relief and fresh air with all this great work going on.

A big thank you to Chris, Kate and Nicole of the Reece Computer Systems staff for their hard work, especially for going above and beyond to hoist those 45 pound monitors above their shoulders and into the recycle containers. A bigger thank you to all who recycled. And an enormous thank you to Erin Tormey for all her yeoman’s hard work, every day, on behalf of the Coastside, the Farmers, and the environment.