Fair News

Press Archive: 1/31/2013

By Diane Booth Conway, Merced County Fair Marketing Manager


Recycle Old Electronics at Fairgrounds

Free E-waste recycling April 13-14 and 20-21

Fairgrounds recyclingIf you bought a new TV to watch the Super Bowl and you don’t know what to do with your old TV, set it aside and bring it to the Merced County Fairgrounds, 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, April 13-14 and April 20-21, and recycle it at the free E-waste recycling event.

The Fair’s E-waste recycling drop site will be at the fairgrounds’ 11th Street parking lot, near the G Street entrance, between G and H streets.

The Fair is teaming up again this year with the City of Merced’s annual Spring Cleanup. On those two weekends, the City of Merced will hold one of its four annual Spring Cleanup sites at the fairgrounds’ location. The fairgrounds’ E-waste recycling and four spring Cleanup locations will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. both weekends.

The City’s annual Spring Cleanup is for City residents only but everyone can drop off their unwanted computers, TVs and other electronics items for recycling at the Fair’s E-waste drive or at one of the City’s Spring Cleanup sites without proof of residency. There is no limit on the number of items that can be recycled and they don’t have to be in working order.

The City’s three other Spring Cleanup drop-off locations are: Merced High School (G Street parking lot), Merced College (Frontage Road at Lehigh Drive parking lot) and Golden Valley High School (Childs Avenue parking lot).

The fairgrounds recycling event will accept ONLY the following items: TVs, computer monitors, LCD screens, plasma screens, laptops, computer towers, printers, copiers, fax machines, calculators, stereo systems, telecom equipment, network equipment, keyboards, computer mice, VCRs, DVD players, speakers, cell phones and telephones. The E-waste drive is not collecting household appliances such as washers or dryers, but the City will recycle some appliances at no charge again this year.

“Timing our E-waste drive with the City’s Spring Cleanup makes it easy for our community to recycle their E-waste,” said Tom Musser, the fair’s CEO.

The E-waste recycling program invites everyone with any old, obsolete or damaged electronics to bring the unwanted items to the fairgrounds. State law prohibits people from disposing of those items in the trash.

E-waste – all consumer and business electronic equipment that’s obsolete or at the end of its useful life – is the most rapidly growing waste problem in the world. As of 2006, all electronic devices with a cord are banned from California landfills. These items can’t be thrown in the trash because some of the parts are harmful to the environment and some components can be recycled.

For more information call (209) 722-1507, fax (209) 722-3773, or email to Info@MercedCountyFair.com. Visit the Fair’s website, www.MercedCountyFair.com and connect with us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.