WHAT: Save Mart Supermarkets has become the first supermarket chain in California to serve as a collector of electronic waste. This Saturday and Sunday, six Save Mart stores across Northern and Central California will give customers and the community at large an opportunity to safely unload their old computers, television sets and other out-dated, unusable or unwanted electronic items for proper recycling. The event is designed to provide Californians with the opportunity to finally get rid of those old unwanted items, long since replaced and gathering dust in garages throughout the State. It is illegal to simply throw an unwanted television or computer monitor in the trash in the state of California. Electronic items have toxic elements in them that are environmentally hazardous when they are dumped into landfills. By law, such products must now be recycled properly and in ways that won't harm the environment. In an attempt to help their customers and the environment, Save Mart has become proactive in its efforts to collect electronic waste over this two-day, six-location event. The electronics collected will then be trucked away and recycled by Fresno-based Electronic Recyclers, the largest recycler of electronic waste in California and Save Mart's partner for this event. "We're extremely proud to be partnering with Save Mart for this special program," said John S. Shegerian, President and CEO of Electronic Recyclers. "Save Mart is an organization that has long been forward-thinking in terms of environmental concerns, developing many innovative programs -- most recently with their adoption of Earthwise reusable shopping bags. This electronic recycling event is a further example of their commitment. They are helping their customers and the community become more environmentally responsible by offering them a convenient opportunity to safely dispose of their old electronic junk at the same time." Californians replace hundreds of thousands of TVs, computers, monitors and other electronic devices every year. Plus, they store literally millions more that are not used any more in homes, garages and businesses. Electronic products contain valuable resources such as metal, plastic and glass, which can and should be recycled instead of thrown away. WHERE: Six Save Mart Supermarkets will host the e-waste drop-off event, including: Save Mart #212 - ANTIOCH 3190 Contra Loma Blvd Antioch, CA. 94509 Ph# 510-754-8824 Save Mart #202 - SAN JOSE 3251 South White Road San Jose, CA. 95148 Ph# 408-274-3716 Save Mart #391 - MERCED 1300 W. Olive Ave Merced, CA. 95355 Ph# 209-722-3385 Save Mart #86 - MODESTO 801 Oakdale Road Modesto, CA. 95355 Ph# 209-569-0240 Save Mart #89 - VISALIA 5201 W. Goshen Ave Visalia, CA. 93277 Ph# 559-738-9127 Save Mart #93 - FRESNO 6797 N. Milburn Fresno, CA. 93722 Ph# 559-261-4123 WHEN: All six stores will be receiving public drop-offs of electronic waste Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. VISUALS: Local residents bringing in their old televisions, computer equipment and other electronics to Save Mart parking lots and the e-waste being loaded onto trucks to be recycled. CONTACT: To arrange interviews or for more information, please contact Paul Williams directly at 310-937-2009.