D.C.'s public libraries will hold electronic recycling events in all eight wards this year to collect computers, keyboard, TVs, video game consoles and more, free of charge.
It just got a little easier for D.C. residents to recycle unwanted electronic equipment.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Wednesday that the District’s public libraries will hold electronic recycling events in all eight wards this year to collect computers, keyboards, TVs, video game consoles and more, free of charge.
The program is an extension of the D.C. Department of Energy and Environment’s eCycle DC initiative.
“Expanding eCycle DC increases access to the proper handling of these common household items that, unfortunately, have easy potential to become toxic materials that harm our health and environment,” the department’s Director Tommy Wells said in a statement.
The latest data, from 2015, show U.S. consumers generate more than 3 million tons of electronic gadgets a year; the average American household uses about 28 electronic products. In 2009, 75% of the 2.37 million tons of discarded electronic equipment ended up in the landfill, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Experts say chemicals released from improperly recycled e-waste can pose health and environmental risks.
The first collection events will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library (3935 Benning Rd. NE) and Chevy Chase Library (5625 Connecticut Ave. NW).
Northeast Library (330 7th St. NE) will hold its collection drive on June 22; Woodridge Library (1801 Hamlin St. NE) will collect e-waste on June 29.
“Giving residents convenient locations for the responsible disposal of their used electronic equipment is just one more way in which our libraries serve their communities. The library is proud to help ensure that our city remains at the forefront of innovation in sustainability,” D.C. Public Libraries Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan said in a statement.