E-Cycle Washington Recycles 360 Million Pounds in 10 Years

OLYMPIA – Washington State’s pioneering program called E-Cycle is marking its 10-year anniversary. E-Cycle provides free recycling for computers, TV’s and other electronics. Over 360-million pounds of electronics and 26-million pounds of lead have been recycled.

Although managed by the Washington Department of Ecology and electronics manufacturers, E-Cycle depends on a network of local collection sites and recyclers to ensure everyone in Washington has a convenient place to drop off old electronics.

There are 323 collection locations covering every county in Washington. A member of the program from the beginning, the Colville Confederated Tribes recycling program has collected more than 216,000 pounds of electronics, with almost 34,000 pounds in 2017 alone.

While E-Cycle is managed by the Washington Department of Ecology and electronics manufacturers, the program’s success depends on the collaborative efforts of a network of local collection sites and recyclers. These partners ensure that residents across every county in Washington have convenient locations to drop off their old electronics for recycling.

With 323 collection locations spread throughout the state, E-Cycle has made it easier than ever for Washington residents to participate in the program. Whether you live in a bustling city or a rural area, you can find a nearby collection site where you can safely and responsibly dispose of your unwanted electronics.

One notable participant in the E-Cycle program since its inception is the Colville Confederated Tribes recycling program. Their dedication to environmental stewardship is evident in the remarkable numbers they have achieved. Over the years, they have collected more than 216,000 pounds of electronics, with nearly 34,000 pounds collected in 2017 alone. Their commitment to responsible electronics recycling serves as an inspiration to other communities in Washington and beyond.

As E-Cycle celebrates its 10-year milestone, it is a reminder of the importance of proper electronic waste management. Recycling electronics not only prevents hazardous materials from entering landfills but also allows valuable resources to be recovered and reused. This contributes to the conservation of natural resources and reduces the demand for new electronic components, ultimately lowering greenhouse gas emissions associated with manufacturing.

Washington State has been a trailblazer in electronic recycling through the E-Cycle program, and its success serves as a model for other states and regions. By providing free recycling services and establishing a vast network of collection sites, E-Cycle has made it easy for Washington residents to do their part in protecting the environment.

As we look to the future, it is crucial to continue supporting programs like E-Cycle and explore additional ways to promote responsible electronics recycling. By working together, we can ensure a sustainable future where electronic waste is minimized, resources are conserved, and the environment is safeguarded for generations to come.

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