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Recycling your TV or Computer in Washington, Oregon Becomes Free in 2009

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In the new year, recycling your computer or TV will be free.  A new program coming to Washington and Oregon will try to keep toxic chemicals out of the environment. 

Electronic manufacturers will now pay for the cost in 2009 instead of the public.  Currently, only 18 percent of electronic waste in Oregon makes it to recycling centers.  Starting Jan. 1, there will be more than 200 collection sites in Washington and more than 230 in Oregon, including one in every county and one in every city with more than 10-thousand people.

Washington expects to collect more than 20 million pounds of electronic waste in the first year alone.

In Yakima there are a few places to drop off your electronics.  Head to Yakima Waste Systems at 2812 ½ Terrace Heights Dr. or the Office Depot at 2319 South 1 st Street.

If you live in Benton County, you can drop off electronics at the Office Depot at 6815 West Canal Drive.  In Franklin County take your unwanted items to the Basin Transfer Station at 1721 Deitrich Rd.

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