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What can businesses do with electronic waste?

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It's bound to happen. Your office computer finally gives out. Your point of sale terminal needs to be replaced. The TV you bought in 1995 is in a closet because it's beyond repair. Simply put, it's time to get rid of these electronics. But what should businesses do with electronic waste (e-waste)?

Why recycle?

E-waste contains dangerous materials such as lead and mercury that if disposed of incorrectly can be harmful to the environment. Recycling these items will also keep you from having to count them as dangerous waste, which could affect your generator status. More information about requirements for handling e-waste can be found here

E-Cycle Washington

In Washington State, there is a free program called E-Cycle Washington that partners with local collectors to take old electronics and have them recycled properly. Businesses with less than 50 employees, charitable organizations, and schools can participate.

 Items accepted:

  • Televisions
  • Computers
  • Laptops
  • Monitors
  • Tablets
  • E-readers
  • Portable DVD players

 Items NOT allowed:

  • Computer peripherals
  • Keyboards
  • Mice
  • Printers
  • Toner cartridges
  • Badly damaged items

Transfer stations in Clark County  participate in this program, including the West Van Material Recovery Facility, Washougal Transfer Station, and Central Transfer and Recycling. Goodwill is also part of E-Cycle Washington, which you can learn more about here.

Other Recycling Options

If you work for a business with more than 50 employees or have electronic material not listed above, additional recycling options can be found at RecyclingA-Z.com, including Earth Friendly Recycling, Green Century Recycling, and Technology Conservation Group. Remember, always call ahead before dropping off material.  

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