- Associated Press - Monday, December 1, 2014

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington state residents have recycled more than 250 million pounds of TVs, computers and other electronics since 2009.

The Department of Ecology on Monday said the state’s E-Cycle program has kept an estimated 23 million pounds of lead out of landfills.

Many electronics contain toxic materials such as lead, cadmium and mercury.

Equipment collected through the program is taken apart, and materials such as glass, plastic, metals and toxic chemicals are separated.

Residents can take TVs, computers, monitors, DVD players, tablets and laptops to recycle for free. A 2006 state law requires electronics manufacturers to pay for the program.

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On the Internet:

E-Cycle: www.ecyclewashington.org.

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