Residents dump old electronics for E-Cycle Washington
January 12, 2011
NEW — 2 p.m. Jan. 12, 2011
Evergreen State residents recycled 39.5 million pounds of outdated TVs, computers and monitors last year through the E-Cycle Washington program.
The total recycled material beat the amount recycled in 2009 — 38.5 million pounds. Discarded televisions comprised 61 percent of the total.
The state passed legislation in 2006 to require manufacturers and the Department of Ecology to establish and run a statewide system to collect and recycle electronics. Manufacturers fund the program.
Before the program launched, many old electronics ended up in landfills. The result is a potential mountain of wasted resources — and toxic runoff.
“Electronics manufacturers have done a great job of providing Washington’s citizens with a no-charge recycling option for electronics,” Department of Ecology Director Ted Sturdevant said. “And the public has responded, proving once again that our state’s recycling ethic is one of the best in the country.”
Issaquah and Sammamish e-cyclers can drop off electronics at the Goodwill Sammamish Donation Center, 630 228th Ave. N.E., AtWork!, 970 Seventh Ave. N.W., and 1 Green Planet, 1780 N.W. Maple St. Locations throughout the region offer drop-off sites for e-cycling.