Eco-friendly ways to recycle vintage electronics
Is your old computer gathering dust in your closet? Need to part with that clunky console TV? If so, you're not alone. Many of us simply hang onto old electronics because we know it's illegal to dump them – and their lead, mercury, and cadmium-laced components – in the trash.
Washington and Oregon want to help! Both states provide free options to dispose of TVs, monitors, computers, and more. Check these links for details:
E-Cycle Washington. Learn more about the free statewide recycling program for select electronics.
1800recycle.wa.gov takes you to a locator form where you can enter your county and the type of item you want to recycle, including hard-to-dispose-of items like appliances, motor oil, batteries, and fluorescent lights. You may be charged a fee for items not covered by the E-Cycle Washington program.
You also can call 1-800-RECYCLE (1-800-732-9253) for information during business hours, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (except holidays).
Oregon E-Cycles. Collection sites operate year-around and take up to seven computers, monitors, TVs, and printers at a time, all for free. As in Washington, you may be able to drop off other items at select E-Cycles collection sites, but you may be charged a fee.