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The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center will serve as an electronic garbage disposal this weekend.

The aquarium, 717 General Booth Blvd., is hosting its semi-annual electronic recycling event Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the east parking lot. Residents can bring items such as computers, laptops, cell phones, printers, circuit boards, monitors and fax machines for recycling.

The aquarium will also accept household hazardous waste items such as aerosol spray, batteries, gasoline, fertilizer and pool chemicals. Other partners include Goodwill Industries, the Virginia Beach Department of Public Works and Tidewater Fibre Corp.

Since 2009, the aquarium’s e-cycling events have resulted in the collection of nearly 250 tons of electronic material, according to a release.

A complete list of acceptable recyclable items can be found here.