I'm sure everyone has a stash of old electronics sitting around. That television from the late 90s that you mean to donate, the secret stash of cellphones you're holding on to "just in case", or those computer monitors that you really don't need anymore. But getting rid of those electronics can be a bit tricky. You shouldn't just throw them away but tracking down recycling sites isn't always easy.

Unlike recycling cereal boxes or composting food waste, "throwing away" electronics requires more work. Carelessly disposing of electronics is a cause for alarm - components in the most common products can leach chemicals into the environment and after many years could even affect the food chain. That makes me a little uncomfortable. I have no idea what all is inside of my computer, but I'm pretty sure ingesting it is really low on my to-do list. In an increasingly green-focused society, responsible e-cyclers can actually break down the devices, remove the important components, and re-fashion them into parts for new or refurbished machines. It's pretty common sense not to just toss these things if recycling them responsibility means the chemicals stay out of the environment and the parts can be reused elsewhere.

Now, you might be wondering why I'm bringing up responsible electronics recycling... McDonald McGarry is hosting our own Electronics Recycling event, in partnership with Safeco Insurance, on Saturday, September 14th from 10am-1pm. We will have E-Waste, LLC here to collect your electronics, and then take them back to their facility to be broken down and disposed of properly. This event is completely free to you, but we will be accepting donations for the Edmonds Food Bank if you'd like to contribute. Come by our office at 630 Main Street in Edmonds on the 14th to drop off old or broken computers, monitors, televisions, cell phones, laptops, printers, VHS and DVD players. If you have questions, just call our office at 425-774-3200 or email info@mcdonaldmcgarry.com.

Hope to see you on the 14th (and, don't worry, there will be plenty of reminders between then and now)!