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City of RP Updates

Don Schwartz
It is time to purge e-waste
September 11, 2020

Some find organizing therapeutic, I’m not one of those people. I do, however,  find joy in finding what I need with minimal effort.

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve all been spending more time indoors. For some of us, time indoors provides more time to evaluate our surroundings. Whether you’re cleaning house to improve the quality of your Zoom background, or you just have extra time to clear out junk --Rohnert Park Community Services Center is hosting a free E-waste recycling event. It will be from Friday through Sunday (September 11-13) from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at 5401 Snyder Lane (corner of Snyder and Rohnert Park Expressway) and is the perfect opportunity to unload some of your E-waste clutter. 

To make it more convenient for Sonoma County residents and businesses to dispose of their waste properly, Zero Waste Sonoma partnered with Conservation Corp North Bay to conduct free electronics collection events. Bring your working and non-working TVs, office equipment, cell phones, tablets, microwaves, printers, computers, laptops, stereos, game consoles, cords, etc. Items that they cannot accept include appliances, batteries and fluorescent lamps

No appointment is necessary for these events and they are conveniently located in the parking lot. For the safety of staff adhere to the following Covid-19 rules: 

• Remain in vehicle at all times.

• Crack window in order to talk to collection event staff. 

• Donation items should be located in the trunk of your car, or bed of truck for easy access by staff --not on seats. 

• All vehicle passengers must wear masks that cover their nose and mouth.

In addition to the E-waste event, the Mattress Recycling Council in partnership with Zero Waste Sonoma and Conservation Corps North Bay, are also hosting a mattress disposal event. The service is available to residents and businesses and best of all -- it’s free. The mattress recycling event is scheduled for Saturday September 12 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Rohnert Park Community Services Center. If it’s time to unload that old mattress, bring your clean, dry mattress(es), box springs and/or futons (limited to 3 units per vehicle per day.) Soiled or wet mattresses, futon frames, crib mattresses, dog beds and mattress toppers are not accepted. 

For more information, visit https://zerowastesonoma.gov/

If you happen to run into items that can be reused and aren’t included in the above-mentioned events, most thrift stores and nonprofits aren’t currently accepting donations due to Covid-19 best practices. They do, however, encourage people to bag up items for donating at a future time. Some are also turning to Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace to conduct online and porch drop-off exchanges of used goods.