The Oregon E-Cycles Program, now in its fifth year, continues to show growth in its collection of unwanted computers, monitors and televisions throughout the state.
DEQ administers the program, which has grown to a network of more than 250 collection sites and recycling facilities statewide that accept computers, monitors and televisions for free. Electronics manufacturers collect and recycle the materials and pay registration fees to cover DEQ’s administrative costs. DEQ sets collection goals each year.
“Oregon E-Cycles reached a new high in terms of pounds in collected in 2012,” said James Padilla, E-Cycles project manager. “We expect to see continued gains through 2013." Oregonians can visit the E-Cycles web page
when it comes time to recycle computers, monitors and TVs. DEQ's website
is a great resource for finding convenient collection sites throughout the state.
The 26.7 million pounds of Oregon electronics waste collected in 2012 represents 6.9 pounds per Oregonian. Among states with electronics recycling laws, Oregon’s 6.9 pounds-per-capita collection rate ranks among the highest in the nation, based on data compiled by the Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse. The recycling of electronic waste collected in 2012 achieves an energy savings equivalent to 3.2 million gallons of gasoline, as well as greenhouse gas reductions equal to tailpipe emissions of 6,325 cars per year.