January 29, 2010

38 million pounds of electronics recycled in one year in Washington – now go get that iPad

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In the Good News for Your Friday category comes this bulletin:

rita_hibbardwebMore than 38 million pounds of electronics otherwise headed for the landfill have been recycled during the first year of a new program in Washington state.

A similar program in Oregon collected nearly 19 million pounds of electronics in its first year. Go Washington recyclers! And you go Oregon recyclers too! Reports the Associated Press:

State Ecology Director Ted Sturdevant calls the E-Cycle Washington program “even more successful than we had hoped” and notes the total doesn’t include the thousands of still-working electronics units donated to charities.

The program, which keeps tons of heavy metals out of the environment, is paid for by manufacturers, and products can be dropped off at authorized collection points, which are listed at the program’s Web site, and are searchable by county.  The Oregon E-Cycles program also provides free recycling of electronics at statewide collection points.

— Rita Hibbard

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