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    Workers load e-waste onto a truck as part of a recycling effort organized by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), Goodwill Industries and SuCasa, a domestic violence shelter, in March. Leonard Robinson, chief deputy director of the DTSC will be honored for his efforts to encourage the recycling and proper disposal of e-waste items such as outdated electronics, fluorescent light bulbs and alkaline batteries, by 8th District Councilwoman Rae Gabelich on July 17.

    (San Bernardino, Calif.) Riverside’s Leonard Robinson, appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger as the chief deputy director for the Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC), was honored Tuesday, July 17, by 8th District Councilwoman Rae Gabelich.
    On March 10, DTSC’s partnered with Goodwill Industries and SuCasa, the domestic violence shelter, to collect e-waste in the North Long Beach area, and collect they did – 8.8 tons of old computers, discarded television sets, cell phones and other electronic waste that otherwise would go into city landfills.
    The Long Beach City Council Recognition award will be presented to Robinson that evening at 5 p.m. during the city council meeting at 333 W. Ocean Blvd. in Long Beach.
    Says Jonathan Kraus, aide to Councilwoman Gabelich, “These nearly nine tons of otherwise hazardous waste will first have the hazardous elements removed, the rest being recycled as possible. All of this is being diverted from our landfills.”
    “It’s that time of year,” said Gabelich, “when I present my recognition awards to people who have done something outstanding for the Eighth District and given of themselves for the good of the community.”
    DTSC Chief Deputy Director Robinson goes throughout the state lecturing on the proper management of used residential: fluorescent light, batteries, cell phones, computers and other household electronic devices (Universal Wastes). As a part of the California Take It Back! Partnership, he forms partnerships with businesses, utilities, retail stores and non-profit organizations to provide free, local and convenient locations for California residents to take their Universal Wastes.
    These items, if improperly disposed can contaminate drinking water and soil with heavy metals and other toxic substances. Reduction of solid and toxic wastes is an element of the Gov. Schwarzenegger’s Environmental Action Plan.

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