San Francisco Bay Area residents, I have some good news and it comes from Sony.
The company announced Friday that it would host a free electronic-recycling event for the Bay Area. This is part of its national Take Back Recycling program that's done in partnership with Waste Management Recycle America.
The event is taking place on Saturday, March 28, at the Shoreline Amphitheater from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. During this time, anybody can come and drop off any brand of used or outdated electronics for proper, free recycling.
To encourage people to recycle, Sony will even give the first 2,000 participants who to drop off their unwanted electronics at the event a voucher for a Sony product valued at $100. The voucher can be redeemed at the Sony Style Valley Fair or Stanford Shopping centers.
There are certain restrictions in regard to what you can drop off, however.
Items that are accepted at the event include: televisions, computer monitors, computer systems, VCRs, DVDs, cameras, phones, stereo equipment, video game consoles, keyboards, cables, scanners, printers, fax machines, inkjet- and laser-printer cartridges, phones, computer mice, and rechargeable batteries.
On the other hand, the following items will not be accepted at the event: microwaves, humidifiers, thermometers, air conditioners, smoke/fire alarms/detectors and large household appliances, such as dishwashers, refrigerators, and washer/dryers.
This doesn't mean you shouldn't recycle them properly. You should. You'll just possibly have to pay to get that done, unless they are.