It’s often been said that America is the only country where people keep their $40,000 cars outside and keep all their junk in the garage. If that’s you, then maybe it’s time to do a cleanout on Canyon Lake’s Citywide Clean-up Day April 27th. Drop off your items at the Canyon Lake Community Church parking lot from 8am to 2pm. CR&R Disposal is sponsoring the event and here’s a list of acceptable items:
- Concrete / Asphalt
- Lumber / Tree Trimmings (cut and bundled in 4′ lengths)
- Normal trash
- E-waste (electronics)
Although e-waste is not considered a hazardous material, it does become toxic to the environment as it degrades in our landfills. Here are a few interesting facts about e-waste:
- Approximately 80% of electronics are discarded in landfills where they leach off toxic materials like lead.
- Electronics represent only 2% of America’s trash in landfills, but equals over 70% of overall toxic waste.
- E-waste is the fastest growing municipal waste stream in America and only 12.5% of e-waste is currently recycled.
- Cell phones and other electronic items contain high amounts of precious metals like gold or silver. Americans dump phones containing over $60 million in gold/silver every year.
- 20 to 50 million metric tons of e-waste are disposed worldwide every year.*
CR&R is not accepting any hazardous materials such as motor oil, batteries, anti-freeze, paints, solvents, light bulbs, cleaning products, chemicals, or pesticides. These items can be disposed of on the first Saturday of every month from 9am-2pm at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility in Lake Elsinore (800) 755-8112
*E-waste facts and photo courtesy of DoSomething.org
Junk Tower photo attributed to Sigma via Flickr