6/22/2009--Seattle, WA, USA..Workers at Total Reclaim in Seattle, WASH. unload shipments of old appliances, TVs and computers for recycling at Total Reclaim. Established in 1990, Total Reclaim has been recycling domestic and commercial appliances, refrigerant gases, fluorescent lamps and electronics for 18 years. Most e-waste in the US, such as computers, televisions and electronic devices, ends up in a landfill. According to the EPA, over 4 billion pounds of e-waste was discarded in the US in 2005, which 87.5% was incinerated or dumped in landfills, with only 12.5% of the total recycled. E-waste has the potential to leak toxic materials such as mercury, lead, cadmium and brominated flame retardants. A new Washington State law requires electronics manufacturers to start safely recycling four of the most-discarded items, with no charge to consumers. Washington's law is the first in the nation to require electronics producers to pay for the whole process...©2009 Stuart Isett. All rights reserved.