Earth Day 2017

April 22, 2017 will mark the 48th year of Earth Day.  The first Earth Day was observed on April 22, 1970, and what began as a grassroots effort has today blossomed into a global event celebrated every year on April 22 by millions of people worldwide.

To honor the planet and to raise public awareness about the environment, events are planned throughout the months of April and May in communities throughout the state. If you’re interested in participating and celebrating this great planet of ours, the California Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery has compiled a list of planned statewide Earth Day festivities.  Events range from family-friendly activities to community service projects.  For more information on these events and to learn more about reducing our carbon footprint, visit their website at www.calrecycle.ca.gov.

To do our part, the California Department of Consumer Affairs will host its fourth annual Earth, Safety and Wellness Day event on May 11, 2017.  This year’s event will focus on how to protect and preserve the environment, the property re-use program, as well as provide information on safety and wellness.  Non-profit organizations and certified small business vendors will also be on site.  

This event is open to anyone who wishes to attend. Come join us in learning how to protect and preserve our environment for generations to come!



Don’t Waste Your E-Waste: Put it to Work


In 2012, the United Nations reported that in five years, the world’s electronic waste would grow by 33% from 49.7 million tons to 65.4 million tons—that’s the weight of 200 Empire State Buildings or 11 Great Pyramids of Giza.

Nearly five years after that prediction, we have arrived.

Of the estimated $655.8 billion the National Retail Federation predicts Americans will spend this holiday season, a good majority will be spent on electronic devices, which will be replacing current electronic devices, and which will eventually be replaced by newer, more improved electronic devices.

You get the idea.

In California, it is illegal to throw certain electronic devices—phones, TVs, laptops, computer monitors, DVD players, VCRs, etc.—in the trash. Fortunately, there are many options available that can keep them out of California’s waste stream and keep you from throwing them into a drawer or tripping over them in the garage.ecoatm01

You can get money for them. Places like EcoATM will give you cash for your devices. If you send your device to online source Gazelle, you will get a check in return.

You can donate them to a nonprofit. Cell Phones for Soldiers provides cost-free communication services to active-duty military and veterans. New or gently used mobile phones turn into hours of free talk time for the soldiers. Verizon’s HopeLine helps support victims and survivors of domestic violence while ensuring that phones are reused in an environmentally responsible way. Secure the Call provides free 911 emergency-only cell phones to Senior Citizen Centers, Domestic Violence Shelters and Police and Sheriff Departments.

You can recycle them. California, the United States leader in renewable energy and recycling, passed the Electronic Waste Recycling Act in 2003. The Act required consumers to pay a point-of-purchase recycling fee when buying a new electronic device in the state, which, in turn, funds recycling programs such as CalRecycle. Electronic devices that cannot be reused or repaired can be recycled at any eRecycle location throughout the state.To find a local e-waste recycling center, visit calrecycle.ca.gov or call (800) RECYCLE.