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E-waste drop off Saturday at Pitchess

All proceeds go to non-profit organization ‘999 for Kids’

Posted: September 8, 2009 10:18 p.m.
Updated: September 9, 2009 5:30 a.m.
 
Wondering what to do with the decrepit computer, that old cell phone, or that hopelessly out-of-date stereo system?

The Sheriff's Department has an answer that allows you to get rid of your old junk and also support a worthy cause.

On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., you may bring any electronic waste, broken or otherwise, to the Pitchess Detention Center, 29330 The Old Road in Castaic.

Computer monitors and towers, laptops, stereo systems, mice, TVs, plasma screens, CRTS, LCDs, copiers, calculators, keyboards and cell phones will be accepted.

Also accepted is one box of paper per household for shredding.

Pamphlets on how to avoid identity theft — or what to do if you become a victim — will be available, said Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station Sgt. Gerri McCorkle.

There is no charge to drop off electronic waste, and funds raised through the e-waste collection will go to the nonprofit “999 for Kids,” McCorkle said.

The “999 for Kids” fund was established in 1985 by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Department of Children and Family Services to help physically and mentally challenged children throughout Los Angeles County who are victims of the most severe cases of child abuse, neglect and family violence.

The “999 for Kids” nonprofit funds pick up where county dollars run out, McCorkle said.

The money is used solely for the purpose of purchasing special items and services for these children, such as sport wheelchairs, computers, special education classes and medically oriented toys and games.

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