Continuous E-Cycling Program Begins

Continuous E-Cycling Program Begins

Following several successful one-day "eCycling" events, the Washington County Division of Environmental Management though its Department of Solid Waste Recycling Office has announced a permanent, ongoing program for recycling electronics.
Recycling Coordinator Harvey Hoch said the program will handle all small household electronics, including computers, printers and other peripherals, TV's, VCR's, cellular phones, CD players, radios and the like. Hours for the program are 7am until 3pm. Monday through Saturday, at the 40-West Landfill, at 12630 Earth Care Road, off U.S. Route 40, one mile west of Huyett's Crossroads.
County Residents will need to go across the scales and pay a small fee to help cover the operating costs of the program. The County was able to take advantage of a Maryland Department of the Environment grant for preparing the area where the electronics recycling will take place. The minimum fee would be $8.00 and amounts above 320 pounds would be prorated at the regular scale fee of $50 per ton.
The County's contractor, E-Structors, will transport loads of approximately 10,000 pounds to a secure facility in Elkridge, Maryland. There the electronic waste will be demanufactured and placed into various glass, metal, and plastics categories and ultimately be used as a resource for new products. This program will save landfill space, save resources, and reduce pollution.
Hoch said the program is limited to household electronics. Businesses may contact the Recycling Office at 240-313-2796 to obtain a list of electronics recycling companies that may meet their needs.