Wash. recycles 38M pounds of electronics

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by Associated Press

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Posted on January 28, 2010 at 10:54 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington's electronics recycling program has collected more than 38 million pounds of TVs, computers and monitors in its first year.

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.

Recycling the products keeps toxic metals such as lead and mercury out of landfills and the environment.

The state program is paid for by the products' manufacturers and regulated by the Ecology Department. Free recycling of the items is provided for households, schools, small businesses and charities at authorized collection sites.

Ore. recycles nearly 19M pounds of electronics

Oregon's electronics recycling program has collected nearly 19 million pounds of TVs, computers and monitors in its first full year.

Recycling the products keeps toxic metals such as lead and mercury out of landfills and the environment.

Kathy Kiwala of the Oregon E-Cycles Program says that considering the rate at which people purchase new electronics, "it's not surprising there's a glut of e-waste just waiting to be recycled."

The state program is paid for by the products' manufacturers and administered by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. Free recycling of the items is provided for the public at more than 200 collection and recycling facilities statewide.

Washington's similar program collected more than 38 million pounds of unwanted electronics in its first full year of operation.

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