At electronics disposal site, no guarantee of proper recycling

Hundreds of people flocked to an electronics recycling event at the Olympia High School parking lot Friday to get rid of old computers, monitors and other electronic waste free of charge — but with no guarantee that the equipment would be disposed of properly.

Officials from MIC Total Recycle, the sponsor of the event, said they planned to process the piles of computer equipment at a company processing plant in Forest Grove, Ore., separating the recyclable computer parts from the toxic materials such as lead, cadmium and PCBs.

But the company warehouse in Forest Grove is just an empty building with no processing equipment installed, said Kathy Kiwala of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality's electronic waste recycling program.

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