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Free E-Waste collection scheduled at Fairgrounds April 17-19

Medications and mercury waste will be collected on April 18

Pleasanton will observe Earth Day with a free e-waste collection service April 17-19 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

The collection is scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Vehicles with material to deposit should enter through the Fairgrounds Gate 12 off Valley Avenue.

Last year, more than 2,200 vehicles dropped off e-waste equipment items.

All types of electronic equipment can be dropped off and there is no limit to the amount of qualifying items, although residents are encouraged to take an inventory of their e-waste items intended for disposal. Among the items that will be accepted are computer components, televisions, digital cameras, power cables, toner cartridges, video game systems, MP3 players, keyboards, DVDs, and other electronic items, as well as household batteries.

For more information, call toll free (866) 335-3373.

On Saturday, April 18 only, unused or expired pharmaceutical drugs will be collected at the same location, co-hosted by the Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD). All prescription and over-the-counter drugs will be accepted. DSRSD also will accept items containing mercury for recycling, including thermometers, fluorescent light bulbs, thermostats and mercuric oxide batteries.

Participants can receive a free digital thermometer when they deposit one or more mercury thermometers. All mercury items must be intact and sealed in a protective container and a plastic bag. For more information, call 828-0515.

Both waste collection events are open to Pleasanton residents and DSRSD customers.

In other Earth Day activities, Pleasanton city staff will join those from the Zone 7 Water Agency Saturday, April 18 at Farmers Market at Angela and Main streets to share information about water conservation in the Tri-Valley region.

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