Archive for the ‘Recycling’ Category

Electronic Waste Recycling

There are three electronic waste recycling collection events this Saturday, April 26, 2014, in San Jose from 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Booksin Elementary School
1590 Dry Creek Rd, 95125

Easterbrook Discovery School
4835 Doyle Road, 95129

Willow Glen Elementary
1425 Lincoln Avenue 95125

E-waste recycling including:
Computers, Monitors, Televisions, Printers, DVD/CD Players, Fax Machines, Toner Cartridges, Telephones, Cell Phones, Speakers/Stereo Equipment, Wire, Cabling, Printed Circuit Boards, Aluminum, Scrap Metal, Microwave Ovens, Batteries.

There may be a charge for Fluorescent Lights and Televisions over 50 inches.

Items will be recycled according to the rules and regulations set forth by the State of California.

Most e-waste collected is processed at GreenMouse Recycling for the purpose of creating local jobs.

50 percent of the revenue generated from E-Waste Collection Fundraiser Events are shared with the schools.

GreenMouse Recycling
529 Race Street San Jose, 95126
(408) 464-9999

Pancakes for Charity, at “Hot San Jose Nights”

The Willow Glen Lions Club will be serving up pancakes at this coming weekend’s Hot San Jose Nights event – held in “Rodder’s Park” at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. All proceeds from pancake breakfast sales go to scholarships for children at Diabetes Society camp this summer. The Willow Glen Lions will also be collecting eyeglasses to be recycled – given to needy people at no charge.

Pancakes will be served July 10 & 11, 2010 Saturday & Sunday, 8-11 AM
Hot San Jose Nights just isn’t another car show, it is an event for the whole family

Entry: $10.00 or Lions Special Breakfast and Entry: $18.00
Contact Robert Cortez for group pre-purchase discount, Email:
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds 344 Tully Rd., San Jose, CA 95111

The Lions practiced cooking eggs, bacon, sausage, and pancakes at last night’s meeting – it was good!

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Hot San Jose Nights Event Highlights:

The Hot Rods Band, Joe Sharino Band, Elvis impersonator Rick Torres, Go Karts, Car Club Areas, Schoeppner Shows Carnival!, Nigel & Clive and the British Invasion, Bizzarro’s Collector Car Auction, Ronald McDonald House at Stanford Charity, CASINO, VendoRama indoors and outdoors!, Cruise to the Drive-In with actress Candy Clark from our featured movie AMERICAN GRAFFITI!, Swap Meet at the Fairgrounds

Images Copyright 2010 by Katy Dickinson and John Plocher

Frank R Schiavo Memorial

Frank Schiavo

Frank Schiavo, a retired environmental studies lecturer at San Jose State University, may no longer be with us but his ‘lessons in green’ will forever be a part of our city. My husband, Ken, has fond memories of sitting in Mr. Schiavo’s Willow Glen High School science class.

See the YouTube: Frank R Schiavo on CNN

The Frank R Schiavo Memorial will be held at The San Jose Stage. Attendees may speak, but are asked to share time with others wishing to express condolences.

Saturday February 20
11 AM – 3 PM

The Stage
490 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Guest Book – In partnership with The San Jose Mercury News

San José going green: Will bags be sacked?

plastic bags -- should they be banned?

Plastic bags -- should they be banned?

This week, the City Council’s Community and Economic Development Committee met to discuss a ban on plastic and paper bags. According to a Mercury News article on the issue, the only large city that has implemented a ban like this is San Francisco, as most cities which have implemented bans have banned only the plastic bags. The effort in San Jose is being spearheaded by Vice Mayor Judy Chirco and Councilmembers Sam Liccardo, Kansen Chu, and Nora Campos.

According to a presentation given at the committee meeting, fifteen other Santa Clara County cities are considering banning bags because of encouragement from the County Board of Supervisors and environmental agencies.

The City of San José’s proposed ban also includes paper bags because of the environmental impact involved in manufacturing them. “Green” paper bags, with at least 50% recycled content, would be excluded from the ban.  Restaurants would also not be required to discontinue usage of plastic bags.

Not surprisingly, the plastic industry lobby has already been urging the Council not to be hasty in making their decision. Nevertheless, the matter is heading for vote and discussion by the Council as soon as November, thanks to a unanimous recommendation by the committee.

Free e-waste recycling Saturday May 2

Free electronic waste drop off fundraiser this Saturday, May 2nd from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Drop off unwanted electronic waste (computers, monitors, laptops, TVs, printers, fax machines, cell phones, e-scrap, aluminum cans, bottles, and more).

West Valley Presbyterian Church
6191 Bollinger Road
Cupertino, 95014

Recycling service provided by:
GreenMouse Recycling

Free e-waste recycling day Saturday

Photo by Bert van Dijk,

This Saturday, pick up some free coffee and save the environment at the same time.

The Phi Mu chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon will be coordinating a free e-waste recycle day as a fundraiser for the organization, SJSU’s music fraternity.

Green Mouse Recycling is making this happen at its Santa Clara headquarters, and here’s a list of things you can bring to the event:

  • Computers/Laptops/Servers
  • Televisions/Monitors
  • DVD/CD Players
  • Fax Machines/Printers
  • Wire/Cabling/Printed Circuit Boards
  • Aluminum/Scrap Metal/Plastic Products
  • Microwave Ovens


Saturday, December 13th
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

292 Brokaw Road
Santa Clara, 95050

Free Electronics Recycling This Weekend 10/18-19

There will be a free electronics recycling event this weekend at two PW Markets locations in San Jose.

Equipment accepted includes TVs, monitors, computer systems & components, printers, ink cartridges, copy/fax machines, scanners, phones, batteries, digital devices. Call the number below for a full list of accepted items.

Portions of the proceeds from this event will benefit veterans.

For more information, contact Hi-Tec Recycling 1-800-981-9019

PW Markets featuring this event:
1665 Foxworthy Ave. at Meridian, San Jose
5205 Prospect Rd at Saratoga, San Jose

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Free event

Northside flea market this Saturday

Flea Sign
The Northside Neighborhood Association will host its annual flea market in Backesto Park this Saturday, August 2. Backesto Park is located at the corner of 13th and Jackson Streets just northeast of downtown. In past years, the Northiside flea has kept the spirit of a classic flea market or community yard sale, featuring mostly used and recycled goods, not cut-rate new stuff.

The market is open from 8 to 4 and admission is free for shoppers. Proceeds from the vendors’ fees benefit the Northside Neighborhood Association, San Jose’s oldest neighborhood association.

Free eWaste Recycling This Weekend

recycleDrop off your old, unwanted or obsolete computers, monitors, TVs, cell phones, keyboards, mice, cabling, and more this weekend.

Saturday, May 3
Woodland Meadow
1600 Whitewood Drive, San Jose
11:00 – 2:00

Sunday, May 4
West Valley Presbyterian Church
6191 Bollinger Road, Cupertino
11:30 – 2:30

Free events

For more info or other options: GreenMouse (eWaste Services) 408.464.9999

Recycling Fluorescent Lamps and Tubes

CFLAs we switch to new energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) or known by many as the twisty bulb, we need to be concerned about disposing of them properly when they no longer work or break.

Florescent bulbs contain dangerous levels of mercury and should not be thrown away. In 2006, the state of California banned hazardous wastes, including fluorescent lamps, from disposal in the trash.

All fluorescent lamps and tubes are considered hazardous waste in California and must be recycled – taken to a household hazardous waste disposal facility, or an authorized recycling facility.

Santa Clara County retailers, including OSH and Ace Hardware, are accepting the fluorescent bulbs to recycle free of charge. Check this list of free fluorescent drop-off locations. (PDF)

Broken incandescent bulbs need to be handled with care as the contain mercury. Do not vacuum; wear protective gloves to pick up the broken pieces and use duct tape to pick up small pieces. Place all pieces along with cleaning materials into a sealable plastic bag and recycle along with intact lamps as noted above.

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