Beginning February 9, Californians won’t be allowed to throw electronic devices, batteries, mercury thermostats, or fluorescent light bulbs into the trash anymore. This is according to a new regulation by the California State Department of Toxic Substances Control meant to keep substances including mercury, lead, and chromium out of soil and groundwater. South Coast residents are asked to bring old electronic devices to the Transfer Station at 4430 Calle Real, and to bring their batteries, fluorescent bulbs, and thermostats to the Hazardous Waste Collection Center on the UCSB campus. There are currently no consequences attached to violations of the regulation.
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Originally published 8:33 a.m., February 9, 2006
Updated 11:35 a.m., February 20, 2006
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