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Loomis Self Storage stores your e-waste, too

Storage facility offering free e-waste drop-off
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
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A Loomis business is helping the community become a little greener. Loomis Self Storage is offering locals free e-waste drop-off, six days a week at its Jetton Lane location. "We decided to become an e-waste recycling center because we wanted to do what we could to help the environment. We liked the idea of Loomis Self Storage becoming a free place where anybody, not just our customers, could properly drop off potentially harmful electronic components," said Brian Hogan, who owns the Swetzer industrial park business with his wife, Nancy. Hogan said that Green Spot Drop Off collects and properly recycles items dropped off at his business. "It was always a hassle when you had to save your old electrical components and wait for the once-a-year drop-off day. Hopefully, our services will help people avoid throwing their e-waste in the garbage, which can cause serious problems in landfills," Hogan said. Hogan said his business accepts e-waste drop-offs of: televisions, fax machines, computer, monitors, optical drives, boards, DVD Players, VCR and Beta players, laptops, keyboards, cables, cords, printers, radios, computer mice, stereo components, hard drives, and tape and zip drives. According to the state department of Resources Recycling and Recovery website, e-waste is “consumer and business electronic equipment that is near or at the end of its useful life.” The website states, “Certain components of some electronic products contain materials that render them hazardous, depending on their condition and density. “Electronic discards is one of the fastest growing segments of our nation's waste stream.” Compounding the problem of electronic waste is the speed at which new technology and the public’s increased demand for new features makes electronics obsolete in the eyes of consumers. Another state agency, the department of toxic substance control, points out that improperly disposing of e-waste can not only be hazardous to the environment, it is also against the law. The agency’s website said lead and mercury are the toxic culprits found in most e-waste, and that abandonment of e-waste constitutes illegal disposal of hazardous waste and will be prosecuted. The Green Spot Drop Off program at Loomis Self Storage will help put a dent into illegal disposal of e-waste. Hogan said those wanting to drop-off their e-waste need to check in at the office at Loomis Self Storage and they will be directed to the e-waste storage room. He said his staff can also provide assistance unloading items. Hogan said his business has grown tremendously in the last two years and he opened Loomis Self Storage 2 at Taylor and King roads for boat and recreational vehicle storage. Hogan said he also decided to give back to the community by sprucing up the railroad property adjacent to his business. He said his staff recently undertook landscaping the weed-filled corner lot. "We decided to landscape the area and planted some shrubs and trees with help from Baker’s Nursery. We added a mound, numerous boulders and a sprinkler system. Now, the corner is not such an eyesore and looks better," Hogan said. Hogan’s business practices have not gone unnoticed. Loomis Self Storage was voted “Best of the Best” in 2010 by Loomis News readers and in 2009 was inducted into the Loomis Basin Chamber of Commerce’s Business Hall of Fame. The company was also ranked as the 24th fastest growing business in the Sacramento region in 2008. “The Loomis community has treated us wonderfully since we opened in 2004. It’s been great to be a part of this terrific little town,” Hogan said. Other nonprofit groups in the Loomis area collect e-waste to raise funds for their organizations. The Loomis Basin Education Foundation will hold its annual e-waste recycling drive on April 23, 2011. ------------------ E-WASTE RECYCLING What: Drop off unwanted computer, office and electronic equipment Where: Loomis Self Storage, 5950 Jetton Lane When: Year-round, except holidays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday Cost: Free Information: 652-1314