Downtown L.A. celebrates America Recycles Day

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES America Recycles Day is an effort to get the public to recycle more, and more than 2,000 green events were held across the country.

One of them is at L.A. Live, where AEG is hosting an e-waste drive for things like your cell phone or computer.

It's illegal to simply throw out most electronics because of the toxic waste.

People started dropping off their unwanted electronics at L.A. Live since 7 a.m. The L.A. Live event goes until 7:30 p.m.

"I'm just trying to do anything that I can to, I guess, go green," said Osvaldo Ramirez, a Los Angeles resident.

"It's really nice to take all this stuff off my hands and, you know, help out the environment," said another resident, Robert Mitchell.

Things people can donate at the L.A. Live event include:

  • Cell phones
  • TVs
  • VCR, DVDs
  • Microwaves
  • Batteries
  • Light bulbs

/*Los Angeles*/ produces about five percent, or about 1,250,000 tons, of the nation's waste, according to 2008 figures released from city hall. About 65 percent is recycled.

"Don't Waste L.A." is not only a battle cry, but also the name of a grassroots campaign to get residents to recycle more than they do now.

"Landfills pollute our air. They contaminate our groundwater. There is no future for Los Angeles in burying our trash," said David Graham Casso of the Sierra Club.

On Monday, /*Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa*/ led a group of city leaders at City Hall, pushing for changes in recycling in Los Angeles.

Civic and environmental leaders said more needs to be done. They cite that the city's landfills are nearing capacity.

The city is looking to increase the recycled trash to 70 percent by 2013 by reaching out more to apartment complex owners.

"That means that a million residents and over 428,000 apartments now have access to recycling," said Villaraigosa.

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