The Institute for Local Self-Reliance estimates that 75% of obsolete electronics are <currently being stored, which will one day result in a massive disposal issue for the country and the world. Perhaps that’s why Mayor Adrian M. Fenty kicked off this new program.
Mayor Fenty announced the District began its first permanent free, weekly Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and electronic recycling (e-cycling) drop-off site, at the Benning Road Trash Transfer Station on May 17, 2008. In addition to the HHW and e-cycling collections, the District will also offer the metropolitan area’s first permanent weekly document shredding service for residents at the Benning Road Trash Transfer Station, which began May 24. The Benning Road Trash Transfer Station will be open every Saturday, excluding holidays, from 8 am to 3 pm. Weekly HHW and e-cycling collections will begin this summer at the Ft. Totten Trash Transfer Station.
Items will be removed from your vehicle and placed in roll-away containers for disposal.
Acceptable HHW items include:
- Leftover cleaning and gardening chemicals
- Small quantities of gasoline, automotive fluids & antifreeze
- Pesticides and poisons
- Mercury thermometers
- Paint and solvents
- Spent batteries of all kinds
- Automotive fluids
- Asbestos tiles
All electronics will be broken down into parts and recycled or disposed of safely. The computer hard drives will be wiped clean three times using US Department of Defense high-level security wiping procedures.
Sorry, but they don’t want the following items:
- Bulk trash
- Wooden TV consoles
- Propane tanks
- Microwave ovens, air conditioners and other appliances
- Radioactive or medical wastes
For information about this exciting new HHW and e-cycling program, visit DPW’s website or call the Mayor’s Call Center by dialing 311.