Since 2009 the Oregon Electronic Recycling Program, or E-Cycles, has collected more than 120 million pounds of potential electronic waste for recycling. The program is poised to expand collection locations and the types of devices it recycles.
Oregon E-Cycles currently collects computers, monitors, and TV’s. In 2015, they will expand to include printers, and components like keyboards and mice. The program has expanded collection locations by 37 percent since its inception. Michelle Martin is the Materials Management Specialist for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. She says it’s important to make sure unwanted devices are getting to the right places to be recycled.
Martin: “The recyclers are handling those devices with environmentally sound best management practices. So we know that they are being dismantled in an environmentally and socially sensitive way.”
Funding for the E-Cycle program comes from the Oregon DEQ and from manufacturers. There are more than 300 collection sites statewide.
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