Recycle old electronics for free in Everett

Apr 11, 2014

McClain Insurance Services in Everett is gearing up to host its third community E-Cycle Event.

The public is welcome to bring old computers and laptops, small appliances, spent batteries and other electronics to a free E-Cycle Event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 26.

The event will be held at the McClain Insurance office, 10410 19th Ave. S.E. in Everett, just south of Costco.

“We’ve received countless inquiries about upcoming electronics recycling events,” said Claudia McClain, president of McClain Insurance.  “We feel honored that our community appreciates this service, and we are excited to help make life easier for our neighbors.”

Volunteers will stand ready to assist with unloading recyclables to ensure a smooth traffic flow.

E-Cycling helps reduce the environmental impact of outdated technology, McClain said.

“While we invest in technology upgrades, over 82 percent of rejected electronic devices fill up landfills and incinerators, releasing mercury, lead, cadmium and other harmful substances,” she said.

Electronics recyclers such as event partner, E-Waste, LLC, disassemble each item into its components for re-use and thus reduce the impact of tech waste around the world.

Desktop computers (including monitors, mice and keyboards), laptops, tablets, TVs, cellphones and miscellaneous cables can be recycled free of charge. Simply drop them off at the event.

Printers, VCRs, DVD players, stereos, small microwaves and various other household electronics that are NOT covered under the Washington state program will be accepted for a $5 fee.

At this time, washers and dryers, refrigerators and air conditioning units cannot be accepted.

Thanks to event partners at Pacific Power Batteries, McClain Insurance is now also able to accept old household, car, truck and boat batteries.

“Battery lead is one of the greatest recycling successes of our time: Over 98 percent of all battery lead can be recycled,” McClain said. “The public is invited to bring end-of-life batteries to our event.”

For more information about the event, visit www.AutoHomeBoat.com/ECycle or call 425-379-9200.

-Edited by Beacon staff

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