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E-cycle Your E-Junk

Sunday is Earth Day, but it and Saturday can also be "Get Rid Of Your Old Electronic Gear Day":

* At the Environmental Protection Agency's Capital Area eCycling Event, you can drop off old computer hardware (including monitors, but not stereos or TVs) at Freedom Plaza (13th and E Streets NW) from 11 to 3 Sunday. No fees apply.

* At the District Department of the Environment's Household Hazardous Waste Collection and Electronics Recycling Day, city residents can unburden themselves of their old electronic hardware at the Carter Barron Ampitheatre (Kennedy and 16th Sts. NW) from 9 to 3 Saturday. No fees apply.

* Arlington County's E-CARE event allows county residents to drop off unwanted computer and electronic gear from 8:30 to 3 Saturday at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd. Fees apply for computer monitors and television sets to cover the costs of safely disposing of them.

Other local jurisdictions don't seem to have special electronics-recycling events set for tomorrow, but either have one scheduled for later on--Saturday the 28th for Fairfax County and Falls Church--or accept old hardware year-round at designated locations: Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles (PDF), Frederick, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George's, St. Mary's, Alexandria, Fairfax (PDF), Falls Church, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William and Stafford (PDF).

Electronics recycling has had its issues--we've documented the horrendous conditions under which old computer equipment has been broken down in China. But done properly, it's a lot safer and smarter than just chucking an old laptop or TV out with the trash (I mean, assuming you don't like the taste of mercury or lead in your water).

There's more background about this topic from a story today by's Heather Farrell, including links to a couple of other e-cycling resources online. If you know of others, please share them in the comments.

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 20, 2007; 1:38 PM ET
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