E-Cycle Washington 2022 Annual Report – room for improvement?

Washington’s electronics recycling program, E-Cycle Washington, completed its fourteenth year of operations in 2022 and is preparing to submit a new 5-year program plan for approval by the Department of Ecology. Funded by manufacturers to carry out their obligations under Washington’s electronics recycling law, E-Cycle Washington provides a statewide network of collection sites and collection events where Washington residents, small businesses, and others can drop off covered electronic devices (TVs, monitors, computers, tablets, and e-readers) for recycling for free.

E-Cycle Washington has collected more than 453 million pounds of electronics since it began operations Jan. 1, 2009, but in recent years there has been an increasing amount of electronic products covered by the program going to landfills. This may be due to the program becoming less convenient. Access to collection sites under the program has decreased substantially over the past five years. Statewide, the program has lost more than one-quarter of collection sites over the last program plan implementation period, dropping from 324 collection sites at the end of 2018, to 236 sites as of last year (2022). Read the 2022 Annual Report here.