Residents donate tons of electronics to AtWork!

February 16, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

Christy Teel (left), AtWork! project manager, and crew supervisor Ted Stamper, stand with a pallet of discarded electronic equipment that is ready to be recycled. By Greg Farrar

Washingtonians recycled more than 38.5 million pounds of TVs, computers and monitors last year through the E-Cycle Washington program.

The program launched in January and became one of the first in the nation to collect unwanted TVs, computers and monitors for free recycling. Electronics manufacturers pay for the program, and the state Department of Ecology manages the effort.

Issaquah e-cyclers turned in old electronics at three disposal sites:

  • AtWork!, 970 Seventh Ave. N.W.
  • 1 Green Planet, 1780 N.W. Maple St.
  • Plateau Computers, 4534 Klahanie Drive S.E.

Residents donated 103.5 tons of electronics to AtWork! through the Issaquah recycle center, with old TVs and computers among the most-donated items.

AtWork! helps people with disabilities learn marketable skills and find and maintain jobs. The e-cycling effort helped the nonprofit earn $37,280 last year, AtWork! Chief Development Officer Jane Kuechle said.

Electronics contain heavy metals and hazardous chemicals. The materials make electronics difficult to dispose of safely.

E-Cycle Washington has safely recycled 22.3 million pounds of TVs, 12.3 million pounds of monitors and 3.9 million pounds of computers. King, Pierce and Snohomish counties were responsible for more than 64 percent of the total pounds collected.

“The E-Cycle Washington program is even more successful than we had hoped,” Department of Ecology Director Ted Sturdevant said in a statement. “At the start, we estimated the program would collect 26 million pounds in the first year, but it hit that total in August.”

Learn more about the program, and find other collection sites here, or call 1-800-RECYCLE toll free.

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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One Response to “Residents donate tons of electronics to AtWork!”

  1. aaron on February 19th, 2010 3:39 pm

    I think that a lot of people don’t realize how much damage old electronics do when not properly recycled. Here is an article from The Greener Truth that talks about a really neat solution to this problem: Eco ATMs. http://thegreenertruth.com/2010/02/what-do-you-do-with-your-old-electronics/

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