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Recyclopedia: Electronics

Electronics

A massive amount of electronic equipment was bought between 1970 and 2000 and it is just now coming to the end of its life. That has created a massive and growing e-waste problem for our communities. More basic information on e-waste here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-waste Various government jurisdictions are currently wrestling with HOW to achieve a better system for designing, building, using and then recycling these things. The trend is towards ensuring that they’re built to have a long life, be repairable, and that it be designed to be recyclable in the first place. But that doesn’t deal with the e-Waste that exists now. So what do you do with your e-Waste now? Reuse it, if you can. Put it on the material exchange website. Give it away to a school. Costco is now partnering with Gazelle.com in a program to recycle selected electronic gadgets. Many items have value and participants can receive Costco Cash Cards in return for their recycling efforts. Visit http://costco.gazelle.com/ for details. E-Cycle Washington is a new program that provides responsible recycling of computers, monitors and TVs for FREE. 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). There are two electronics recycling services currently available to City of Tacoma residents and businesses. Drop Off Services Oakland Radio and TV 3901 Center Street 383-5277 Pickup Services Total Reclaim 9411 8th Avenue South Seattle, WA 98108 Kurt Leonhard 206-343-7443 www.totalreclaim.com