January 1, 2019, marked E-Cycle Washington’s ten-year anniversary of safely and conveniently collecting, reusing and recycling computers, monitors, laptops, tablets, televisions and e-readers. Free to consumers and funded entirely by manufacturers of these electronics, E-Cycle Washington is a ground-breaking example of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). EPR places the responsibility of end-of-life management directly on the product manufacturer.
Keeping these electronics out of landfills is a good thing because they often contain toxic materials such as lead and cadmium that are harmful to the environment. They also contain reusable resources like aluminum and copper that should not be wasted. The program has helped conserve resources and reduce pollution.
Today over 405 million pounds have been recycled. That kept nearly 26 million pounds of lead alone out of landfills!
Many of their drop-off sites are businesses you are probably already aware of such as second-hand stores. For instance many Goodwill, Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul stores are part of the E-Cycle Washington program. These stores will take your TVs, computers and monitors free-of-charge whether they are working or not.
To safely recycle your electronics, visit one of over 300 E-Cycle WA collection sites. To find your nearest collection site, go to www.ecyclewashington.org or call 1-800-RECYCLE.