Clark County residents have until late November to donate or recycle unwanted computers before a new state rule changes the collection system. The Clark County computer reuse and recycling program known as CREAM, will suspend collections and operations at all of its current collection sites before the end of this month.
Beginning in January 2009, Washington's new Electronic Product Recycling Rule (WAC 173-900) will call for manufacturers of certain electronic products sold in the state to support directly a take-back recycling system. The new program will provide convenient, safe and environmentally sound ways to collect, transport, process and recycle electronic products, according to Clark County solid waste specialist Jim Mansfield.
The current collection centers will use the month of December to process equipment on hand.
This new rule will lead to more drop-off locations that accept unwanted electronic material from residents beginning Jan.1, 2009, according to Mansfield. "Our current system has worked well, but the new approach will likely give people more options for recycling or donating their aging computers," he said. Details for the new program are still being worked out.
To implement the new state rule, the Jail Work Center drop-off site, located at 5197 NW Lower River Road, will not accept computer and computer-related material after Wednesday, Nov. 26. Until then, the regular operating hours are 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.
Satellite drop-off sites for the CREAM program will also stop collections as follows:
Central Transfer and Recycling Center, located at 11034 NE 117th Ave., will stop accepting computers after Sunday, Nov. 30, 2008. Hours of operation until then are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
West Van Materials Recovery Center, located at 6601 NW Old Lower River Road, will stop collection of these materials after Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008. Hours of operation until then are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Philip Services Corp., located at 625 S. 32nd St., Washougal, will no longer collect computers and related material effective immediately.
Residents who have electronic materials for recycle prior to the CREAM reopening may consider other recyclers in Clark County that provide environmentally sound services. Some of these recyclers may charge a fee to accept certain items. For more information about computer and electronics recycling visit www.ecyclewashington.org or www.recyclingA-Z.com or call 360-397-6118, ext. 4352.