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Lathrop Rotary e-waste Saturday benefits American Cancer Society

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POSTED March 26, 2010 2:28 a.m.
LATHROP – Get rid of your old electronic machines, television sets that no longer run, or copier machines that have outlived their usefulness, and help the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

The Lathrop Morning Rotary is even more than willing to take them off your hands for their e-waste recycling fund-raiser on Saturday, March 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will be happy to come and pick them up at your office or home. Or, if you prefer, you can bring the recyclable items to the parking lot in front of the University of Phoenix in Lathrop. The campus is located in the Lathrop Business Park located at South Harlan Road just south of Louise Avenue.

They will accept all electronic equipment; however, they are especially interested in items with monitors or screens, said Rotarian Steve Dresser who is the event coordinator for the Lathrop Relay for Life taking place in August of this year at Lathrop High School.

The collected e-waste goes to a “group in Stockton” which pays the service club “so much per pound” of equipment. In turn, the group will haul everything away to a company in Fresno that will recycle all of the electronic items.

“It’s kind of interesting, the way it happens,” Dresser said of the “melting” process involved in recycling the various electronic gadgets.

“When you look at a circuit board component, there’s a lot of precious material in there like gold, because it’s a good conductor. A lot of circuit boards have that kind of stuff. A lot of people don’t realize that,” explained Dresser.

The company they are dealing with in Stockton will also accept car batteries “because there are certain things that they are looking for” that are in the batteries, Dresser explained.

However, they don’t take washers and dryers.
There will be trucks and workers available on Saturday to move large items, for donors who need assistance. Those who want to avail themselves of this free service may contact either Steve at (209) 982- 1798 or Cheryl at 740-9007.

This is the third e-waste recycling event that the Lathrop Morning Rotary has sponsored. Proceeds from the first two efforts went to the club’s scholarship fund. This time, they earmarked all money raised for the American Cancer Society’s Lathrop Relay for Life since the club’s scholarship account now receives on a regular basis money from the annual golf tournament that the Rotary co-sponsors every year with the San Joaquin County Correctional Officers group. The two groups split the proceeds from the golf fund-raiser. This year, the tournament will be held at the Old River Golf Course on South MarArthur Boulevard in Tracy.
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