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eCycling Comes to Bethesda: Computer Recycling Collection Event April 12

Release Date: 4/7/2003
Contact Information: Bonnie Smith, 215-814-5543

Bonnie Smith, 215-814-5543

PHILADELPHIA - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is offering a number of special eCycling (electronics recycling) collection events for residents and especially local, state, and federal government employees who live and work in the Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas to encourage them to recycle and reuse their privately-owned computers and other consumer electronics.

“I want to encourage residents, and especially government employees, to recycle their outdated personal computers and electronic equipment. This eCycling collection event in Bethesda is a the perfect opportunity to start a new life for the electronics that have been collecting dust in your basement or garage,” said Donald S. Welsh, mid-Atlantic regional administrator.

These special eCycling events will take place in Montgomery County, Md: Bucks County, Pa.; Camden County, N.J.; and Arlington County, Va. and will be open to all residents of these counties. These events will not accept electronics from government agencies, organizations, or businesses.

The next event will be held at the White Flint Mall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday,
April 12 at 11301 Rockville Pike, in parking lot #3 across from Bloomingdale’s lot, Bethesda, Maryland.

If you’ve purchased or received new electronic equipment recently, and if you would like to dispose of your old or outdated electronics (computers, monitors, printers, scanners, keyboards, modems, laptops, typewriters, phones, televisions, VCRs, radios, stereos, and cables) consider recycling your equipment (at no charge) by dropping it off at this collection event. All electronics will be refurbished or sent on for recycling.

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Computer Recycling Event in Bethesda
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eCycling is the nation’s first-of-a-kind collaboration among the U.S. EPA, state environmental agencies, and the electronics industry to collect, reuse and recycle old computer equipment, televisions, and other electronics.

eCycling keeps dangerous materials such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and chromium from possibly harming the environment and saves precious landfill space.

Since October of 2001, eCycling has already collected more than 2,700 tons of electronics from residents in the mid-Atlantic states and has prevented more than 22,000 cathode ray tubes (CRTs) from going into landfills and incinerators.

Government and industry will share the cost to collect, transport, and process the equipment collected during these special eCycling events. Electronics manufacturers Panasonic, Sharp, and Sony will pay to recycle their respective brands of electronics that are collected during these events.

For more information about this collection event, call Jim Richmond of the Maryland Department of the Environment at 301-791-4787 go to the EPA website at: or for information and directions go to