There are many dangerous or hazardous chemicals in today’s electronic waste (especially computer monitors). In fact, Whitman County has banned certain items of e-waste from the landfill. That means you cannot throw the following items away: TV’s, CPU’s, computer monitors, laptops, and e-readers.
Please do not put your old electronic equipment in the trash. Rather, you may bring in your e-waste to our shop from Noon to 4:45 pm Mondays through Thursdays to have it disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner.
We are now collecting some e-waste at no charge (subject to certain limitations) under the auspices of Washington’s E-Cycle program administered by the WMMFA. Please see below for details.
The official website for the program is http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/swfa/eproductrecycle/
Just a couple notes. We are open to the public for e-waste collection from Mondays through Thursdays noon to 4:45 p.m. (Wednesdays till 5:00). Please stop in our office first to sign in before dropping off the material.
Do NOT drop off e-waste unattended. Unattended e-waste can possibly be removed by members of the public. Destroy or remove your hard-drive before leaving your computer towers. Recycle computers with intact hard drives at Your Own Risk! Recycle cell phones at the front office.
If the official hours do not work for your schedule, please call our office and set up a date and time that will work for the both of us. The number is 509-334-1914.
Not all e-waste is free. Here are the items covered by the state program (these are the same items that are banned by the county landfill) :
* CPU’s – often called towers, these are the main computing unit that powers all the other computer peripherals
* Computer monitors
* Portable or laptop computers and e-readers
This program is for consumers and businesses with fifty or less employees. Governmental entities are asked to contact us first before bringing e-waste. School districts and cities in Whitman County, and Whitman County are eligible to participate in the WMMFA program.
Please note that computer peripherals such as keyboards, mice, and printers, scanners, copiers, etc are NOT included in this program. Theses other items we will continue to take at 50 cents a pound. These items are not banned from the landfill and can be thrown in the garbage if you do not want to bring them up to our facility for recycling. Please call us if you need help transporting your e-waste to Pullman Disposal.
Independent of the state’s e-cycle program, we pay you for your old cell phone. We will weigh it and pay you 6 cents per ounce. Please bring your cell phone to our office staff during business hours (Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).
Thanks for your assistance in keeping hazardous chemicals out of the environment.