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Waste disposal event nets tons of trash

March 26, 2014
  • Jack Shannon investigates a large bucket of paint before placing it in a collection bin during the electronic waste recycling and hazardous materials disposal event hosted by the city of Laguna Beach and Waste Management at the Act V parking lot in Laguna Canyon on Saturday.
Jack Shannon investigates a large bucket of paint before… (Don Leach, Coastline…)

Three hundred vehicles filled with unwanted printers, fax machines, batteries and paint rolled through the Act V parking lot during Laguna Beach's first electronic waste recycling and hazardous materials disposal event Saturday.

Laguna Beach residents dropped off 5 tons of paint and hazardous waste, including batteries, light bulbs and lamps, and 4 tons of electronic waste, including printers, fax machines, DVD players and VCRs, public works senior administrative analyst Liz Vazquez-Avila said.

About 2 1/2 tons of paper were shredded at the six-hour event, which is part of a franchise agreement between Waste Management and the city.

"Four cars were lined up before 8 a.m.," Vazquez-Avila said, adding that the 300 vehicles were 100 more than expected.

Paint and batteries will be treated and reused, and the steel from old paint cans will be recycled into new products.

Waste Management offers free services for Laguna Beach residents throughout the year, including three bulky item pickups and one hazardous waste pickup every 12 months.

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Bulky items include furniture and some e-waste such as printers and televisions, Vazquez-Avila said. Residents are limited to 10 items per bulky pickup.

Downtown also has drop-off boxes for batteries and fluorescent lamps and tubes.

For more information, including locations of the drop-off boxes, visit http://www.lagunabeachcity.net/recycling.

—Bryce Alderton

Twitter: @AldertonBryce

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