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:
249,795,125 pounds

See up to date collection data for 2014 sorted by product type and by county of origin.

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

2013 Annual Report
The 2013 Annual Report of the E-Cycle Washington program is now available.

Did You Know?

A quarter billion is a BIG number no matter how you look at it. A quarter billion people is equal to the current population of the United States (minus California and Texas). If you stacked a quarter billion pennies you would have a tower of pennies 236 miles high!

Well, in the first week of December the E-Cycle Washington program will reach the quarter billion (250 million) pound recycling milestone since the program began on January 1, 2009. It's impossible to imagine what a quarter billion pound pile of electronics might look like, but it would be equal to the weight of 449 fully loaded Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners. Congratulations Washington - that's BIG!

Find a free drop-off location near you.

Boeing 787's in flight
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.



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