n. The process of recycling the components or metals contained in used or discarded electronic equipment.
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The Midshore Region's Fall 2006 Household Hazardous Waste and mercury thermometer collection will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Midshore Regional Landfill in Easton. The region's electronics recycling ("eCycling") collection will also occur at the same time.

eCycling is a relatively new recycling option for televisions, computers and computer accessories being tested by the Midshore Counties. The accepted materials have been expanded to include VCRs, CD players, calculators, cell phones, radios, stereos, CB radios, fax machines and answering machines.
—“Time for eCycling on the Shore,” The Capital, October 27, 2006
TechBirmingham Ecycling Day is one of the largest regional collections planned for this Earth Day!

A community-wide event, there is no charge for dropping off equipment; only small per-item donations will be accepted for the environmentally friendly initiative.

Last year, 75 tons of electronic waste was diverted from Alabama landfills. Locations like Staple, Miles College and Vulcan Park have all agreed to act as ecycling drop-off locations, meaning residents can easily drop off any old technology on Saturday.
—“1-800-GOT-JUNK? partners with TechBirmingham for Ecycling Day 2006,” PR Newswire US, April 19, 2006
2001 (earliest)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently hosted a one-day "eCycle" project development meeting to consider how to promote recycling of electronics hardware in the U.S.
—Lisa Hamburg, “Is Recycling Rubbish?,” Circuits Assembly, September 01, 2001