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Recycle with E-Cycle
Program offers free recycling of personal electronic devices.
By Alex Credgington

ecycleDo you plan on getting a new flatscreen TV this holiday? Maybe a new computer or eBook Reader? Electronics are popular gifts for yourself and others during the holiday season. But what do you do with the old one?

E-Cycle Washington is a free program that provides recycling of electronics at authorized collection sites. It’s a collaborative partnership between a number of manufacturers, retailers and non-profit organizations, as well as the Washington State Department of Ecology.

Electronics recycling is an eco-friendly way to reuse or properly dispose of the many materials used in these devices. Electronics are disassembled and separated into their various parts. Metals, plastics and glass are collected and sold to be reused as raw materials in new products. Toxic materials such as batteries, leaded glass, circuit boards and fluorescent tubes are sent to approved recyclers. Only about 2% of the total material goes to the landfill.

If your old electronic equipment still works, you can donate items for reuse through a number of local organizations.

Remember that all property belonging to the University, whether or not in working order, is State property and must be disposed of through UW Surplus. UW Surplus will properly dispose of or recycle anything that cannot be salvaged or repurposed.

For more information about recycling your personal electronic devices, visit www.ecyclewashington.org or call 1-800-RECYCLE.

For more information about recycling at UW, see the Recycling & Solid Waste A-Z List.