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Don’t trash that old TV or computer

Last month, state ecology director Ted Sturdevant gleefully announced that the Evergreen State recycled more than 38 million pounds of electronics via 230 sites.

He called the first year of the E-Cycle Washington program “even more successful than we had hoped for.” Our state was one of the first in the nation to collect unwanted TVs, computers and monitors for free recycling.

Thanks to Gail Everett, the City of Richland's environmental education coordinator, we learned that Benton County accounted for 531,031 pounds of those recycled televisions, monitors and computers.

The program is paid for by the manufacturers of these electronic products and regulated by the Department of Ecology.

Residents and businesses in the Mid-Columbia can drop off unusable TVs or computers at one of five drop-off sites in Benton County, including Clayton Ward Recycling and the Horn Rapids Landfill. Items in good or usable condition can be sold or given away.

For more information, visit www.ecyclewashington.com or go to Richland’s Green Living site site, then the Computer/Electronic Recycling page. There is a lot of helpful information/tips there.

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