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Recycling Old Electronics


Yakima, Wash. -- Taking your old electronics to the dump can be harmful to the environment.

On average, a computer monitor contains up to four pounds of lead. Officials at the Terrace Heights landfill say they want to keep lead out of the wastewater, but they don't have the resources to sort out hazardous items.

"We get about 720 tons of garbage everyday at this landfill," says program coordinator, Mikal Heintz. "Through the Christmas holiday it's even more and we don't have the manpower to go through everything."

There are several cheap, easy ways to recycle your electronics.

Many manufacturers have "Take it Back" recycling programs. Some even take products made by other companies.

Office Depot charges $5, $10, or $15 fr the service, depending on the size of the box you fill.

Costco will trade gift cards for electronics, depending on their value.

If you have things that still work, consider donating them to your local Union Gospel Mission.

Yakima Union Gospel Mission - (509) 248-4510

Tri-Cities - (509) 545-6313