Dealing With Used Electronics
There are several options for dealing with used electronics. If the items are still in good working order, consider selling, trading, or donating them to others who could get more use out of them. Check out the links on the Waste Reduction page for some ideas on what to do with working electronic items.
Electronics That Are Free to Recycle
As of January 1, 2009, the following electronic items are accepted for recycling free of charge:
Please note that fees may still apply for other electronic items and
peripherals, such as computer mice and keyboards. Fees may also apply
for curbside pick-up, as this is a premium service offered by haulers.
To find out more about which locations and recycling services in your
area accept electronics for recycling, visit the E-Cycle Washington website or call 800-Recycle.
Many broken or obsolete items can not just be thrown into the trash
because most electronic devices contain materials, such as heavy metals,
that are dangerous to human health and the environment. When items
containing these toxins end up in landfills the poisons can leak out and
contaminate the surrounding area, eventually making their way into our
air, food, or water. Furthermore, even broken electronics usually have
parts that can be recycled or reused, so recycling saves energy and