In the two and a half years since the electronics recycling program called E-Cycle Washington began, consumers have recycled more than 100 million pounds of unwanted TVs, computers and monitors. That’s equal to the weight of five Space Needles or a fleet of 181 fully loaded Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
Larger and bulkier TVs make up 62 percent of the 3.3 million pounds of electronics coming into the program on a monthly average. Consumers upgrading to flat-screen technology is most likely the major contributor to the high volume of TVs compared to other devices being recycled. A 2006 state law required manufacturers who sell TVs, computers and monitors in Washington to fund and operate a free-of-charge program for recycling these products.
“Electronics manufacturers responded to that challenge by providing responsible end-of-life recycling of electronic products for the citizens of Washington state at no charge to the consumer,” said John Friedrick, executive director of the manufacturers’ organization Washington Materials Management and Financing Authority.
The Washington Department of Ecology oversees the program. Click here for more information.