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E-Cycle Washington is a new program that provides responsible recycling of computers, monitors and TVs. Starting January 2, 2009 electronics manufacturers took responsibility for recycling these products within the State of Washington.

Under this program, recycling will be provided free of charge to households, small businesses, school districts, small governments and charities at authorized collection sites. Local collection sites are being coordinated now. Many Goodwill and Salvation Army locations in Pierce County and Tacoma are participating. For the most up-to-date information, go to the E-Cycle Washington website at www.ecyclewashington.org or call 1-800-RECYCLE between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday (except holidays).

Why recycle electronics?
Many electronics, especially TVs and computers, contain toxic materials such as lead, cadmium and mercury. Reusing and recycling electronics keeps these toxic materials out of our landfills and incinerators and also recovers valuable resources. The electronic equipment this program collects will be taken apart and separated into materials such as glass, plastic, metal and toxic chemicals. All recycling will follow performance standards set up by the Department of Ecology.

What if my electronic equipment still works?
Many groups and businesses focus on making used electronics available for reuse. Visit the E-Cycle Washington website for more information on donating your electronics for reuse. You can also advertise used but working electronics on this site
www.2good2toss.com.