Electronic waste and cathode ray tubes

Businesses can avoid some Dangerous Waste Regulations requirements by recycling common electronic waste. Find information and resources to help you recycle your electronic waste (e-waste) and cathode ray tubes.

Most businesses have electronic waste, or e-waste. Managing many types of e-waste is easier when you recycle them properly. Do you have any of these common e-wastes at your facility?

  • Televisions
  • Computers
  • Computer monitors
  • Portable or laptop computers, including tablets

Why recycle?

Recycling these wastes reduces dangerous chemicals in landfills and our environment. E-waste that is generated, transported, collected, accumulated, dismantled, and recycled doesn't:

  • Count as a dangerous waste.
  • Affect generator category.
  • Require a manifest when transported off site (although applicable Department of Transportation requirements for transporting hazardous materials still apply).

To qualify for these benefits, recycle your electronic waste under the Interim Enforcement Policy. Generators, transporters, and facilities who want to use this policy should read the Interim Enforcement Policy For Conditional Exclusion for Electronic Wastes. This doesn't include cathode ray tubes (CRTs) — see below for guidance.

Use the 1-800-RECYCLE online database to find an electronics recycler. Confirm the recycler accepts business waste before you give your e-waste to them.

Small businesses

E-Cycle Washington is a free program that makes it easy for Washington small businesses with fewer than 50 employees to recycle used electronics.

Larger businesses

If your business is a medium or large quantity generator, and you need to recycle e-waste, follow the Interim Enforcement Policy (this doesn't include cathode ray tubes).

The policy applies to medium and large quantity generators. Most small quantity generators won't benefit from it, but may choose to follow it.

Monitors and TVs with cathode ray tubes

Cathode ray tubes (CRTs) are found in older televisions and monitors. They contain large amounts of lead and other heavy metals. To encourage recycling, these wastes are conditionally excluded from the Dangerous Waste Regulations and don't affect your generator category. Manage your CRT waste by following WAC 173-303-071(3)(oo).

Label CRT waste

Keep CRT waste safely indoors. Label each container with both:

  • "Used cathode ray tubes — contains leaded glass" OR “leaded glass from televisions or computers."
  • "Do not mix with other glass materials."

If you don’t recycle the CRTs, you must manage them as dangerous waste.