Ewaste in Washingtond0okie
- Fourth state in the United States to formulate laws that govern the recycling of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).
- The Senate Bill (SB – 6428) was passed in March 2006: provides for the recycling of electronic devices with all stages such as collection, transportation, reuse and recycling financed by the manufacturers.
- E-Cycle Washington: The legislation has initiated a free program for the reuse or recycling of discarded electronic equipment, which is monitored by the Department of Ecology and the State of Washington. It is convenient for households, educational institutions, small businesses, charitable organizations and even government agencies to safely dispose old and unused electronic devices for FREE of charge.
- The legislation was enacted to protect the environment from pollution by hazardous substances like lead, cadmium, mercury, halogenated organic compounds and organic polymers present in the electronic equipments. The manufacturers are REQUIRED to take back all the electronic waste from the consumers for reuse and recycle.
- Televisions, computers, computer monitors, laptops are all included in this free recycling program. However, this program does NOT include computer peripherals like keyboards, mice and printers. Equipments that still work are made available for businesses or charities that make use of such electronic devices.