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January 28, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Free TV & PC recycling tally: 38.5 million pounds

The state’s new free TV and PC disposal program netted a huge pile of old devices in its first year: 38.5 milion pounds, according to a release today from the Department of Ecology.

That included 22.3 million pounds of old TVs, 12.3 million pounds of monitors and 3.9 million pounds of computers that were taken for free at recycling centers during 2009.

The state expected the program to draw 26 million pounds in the first year, but it passed that milestone in August, Ecology Director Ted Sturdevant said in the release. Electronics manufacturers pay for the program under a state law passed in 2006.

I imagine the pace will slow because people are buying fewer new TVs now that most people have flat-panel models, and because a lot of people (including yours truly) hoarded old monitors and PCs to avoid paying the old disposal fees.

King, Pierce and Snohomish counties accounted for 64 percent of the total.

Here’s a state Web page where you can find nearby drop-off sites. For disposing of TVs, monitors and PCs, select the “electronics” material category.

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