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New law grants second life to old electronics

Finally ... that Apple IIE that’s been sitting in your garage — and its buddy, the 17-inch black and white television you once used to watch “Happy Days” — has a second home to go to.

Washington state law now allows residents to recycle televisions, computers, computer monitors and laptops ... get this ... for free. With the rate newer technology renders new technology obsolete, we’ve become a generation of electronic wasters. It wasn’t intentional; it just happened.

While most folks tried to be conscious consumers (and disposers) it was a pain in the dump to try to find a corporation willing to take e-junk in the first place. It was also a pain in the pocketbook to have to pay a fee for them to take it.

The program, slugged E-Cycle, is up and running at All Shred, at 16952 Clear Creek Road in Poulsbo (Phone: (360) 620-8493). Other locations can be found by calling 1-800-RECYCLE. In addition to this long-awaited program, the Poulsbo Recycling Center also accepts the usual suspects: metal, mixed containers, mixed papers, glass, oil, antifreeze, clothes, some fluorescent tubes, batteries and appliances (All are taken free-of-charge, except appliances.)

Bearing in mind a few rules Kitsap County Solid Waste senior program manager Pat Campbell passed along to Staff Writer Jennifer Morris can also help the process:

• Not all plastic containers with the three-arrowed triangle are acceptable; as a rule, bottles, jugs and dairy tubs are OK.

• Make sure container items are rinsed out and lids are thrown away. Labels don’t need to be removed.

• Grocery bags aren’t to be included among recyclables; instead, some grocery stores will recycle the bags, which are also good to save and reuse at home.

• Read more on the Poulsbo Recycle Center on page A14.Yeah, it’s a bit of an inconvenience to rinse out food cans and jars, but it’s a small effort that goes a long way to preserving the environment.

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