Recycle Your PCs & Electronics On Earth Day, April 22nd

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Toxin!If you’re like most people, you probably have some old, unused computer gear sitting around collecting dust.

But did you know that PC (and TV) monitors and other elements of those old “megahertz” dinosaurs have dangerous toxins lurking inside them?

To wit:

  • Monitors with Cathode Ray Tubes contain 4 to 8 pounds of lead in the radiation shielding of the glass and in lead solder on wires and connections. Barium is also used in the glass shielding. There is phosphorus in the inside coating of the faceplate. Hexavalent chromium is applied on galvanized steel parts for corrosion protection.
  • PC chassis contain hexavalent chromium, which is used on steel plates to prevent corrosion.
  • Polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDE) are used as flame retardant in computer plastics. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) components, when burned, give off dioxin fumes.
  • Most manufacturers use lead solder to connect semiconductors and other components and wires to motherboards and integrated chip sets. Beryllium is commonly found on boards and connectors. Printing wiring boards contain mercury. Cadmium can be found in semiconductors and resistors.

Well fear no more, as the Alaska Air Group will hold an “E-cycle” event where local residents and workers will be able to responsibly dispose of computers and other electronics they no longer need for free or a nominal charge.

Residents will also have the opportunity to donate their useable computer equipment to a local charity.

The event is scheduled for Earth Day, April 22, 7:30am to 6pm, at the Gold Coast Center parking lot, 20833 International Blvd. in Seatac (see map below).

All computers (any age or type) will be accepted for free. All computer monitors will be accepted for a $10 fee.  Many other computer peripheral parts, cell phones, CDs, diskettes and other items will also be accepted for free. For more information, call (206) 392-5439.

Computers and peripheral equipment that still work will find a new home after they are refurbished by InterConnection (, a Seattle-based non-profit that fixes up computers and donates them to underserved people and communities located both locally and abroad.

More details available by calling (206) 392-5439

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