Washington Recycles: Electronics

Washington Recycles: Electronics

Welcome to E-Cycle Washington

Washington's FREE, convenient and environmentally responsible electronics recycling program has been operational since January 1, 2009. Products accepted at E-Cycle Washington drop-off sites are: computers, monitors, laptops, tablet computers, televisions, portable DVD players and e-readers.

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Total volume of electronics collected for recycling through E-Cycle Washington:
288,929,289 pounds

See up to date collection data for 2015 sorted by product type and by county of origin.

See year-in-total collection data:   2009      2010      2011      2012      2013      2014

2014 Annual Report
The 2014 Annual Report of the E-Cycle Washington program is now available.

Curbside Collection of Electronics
Ecology has posted a Guide to Curbside Collection of Electronics Through the E-Cycle Washington Program to provide information and guidance to curbside recycling service providers who may be interested in becoming a collector/transporter in the E-Cycle program.

Did You Know?

In its first six years, the E-Cycle Washington program recycled 5.5 million TVs, computers and monitors. That's equivalent to the weight of an aircraft carrier, the U.S. Navy's largest ship (102,000 tons), with enough left over to equal the weight of a fleet of 88 Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets (24,500 tons).

Find a free drop-off location near you.

Nimitz aircraft carrier
Who can use the program?
Households, small businesses, schools & school districts, small governments, special purpose districts, and charities can recycle electronic products free of charge in this program. More information.

Where can I recycle?
Visit 1800recycle.wa.gov or call 1-800-RECYCLE to find electronic product recycling services in your area.

What can I recycle for free through E-Cycle Washington?
  • Televisions
  • Computers
  • Computer monitors
  • Portable or laptop computers including "tablet computers"
  • E-readers (also called e-book readers)
  • Portable DVD players
Please note that computer peripherals such as keyboards, mice, and printers are not included in the E-Cycle program.

However, peripherals and the other electronics noted, below, can be dropped off at these retailers and recycled at no charge.
  • Keyboards - Best Buy and Staples stores
  • Printers - Best Buy and Staples stores
  • Toner cartridges - Best Buy and Staples stores
  • Cell phones - Best Buy, Staples and RadioShack stores
What happens to the electronics recycled through E-Cycle Washington?
The majority of the electronics are disassembled for recycling here in Washington. Some electronics go out-of-state for processing and some materials are exported for recycling at approved facilities. However, obsolete electronics are not exported to third-world countries. Metals, plastics and glass are separated and sold as commodities to be reused as raw materials in the manufacturing of new products. On average only 2% of the total volume goes to a landfill - mostly particle board from cabinet TVs. Toxic materials such as batteries, leaded glass, circuit boards and fluorescent tubes must be managed properly by approved recyclers. Ecology also requires recyclers to meet standards designed to protect worker safety and health as well as the environment.

What if my electronic equipment still works?
Many groups and businesses focus on making used electronics available for reuse. More information on donating your electronics for reuse.