Oregon E-Cycles

There’s more to greening your computers, monitors and TVs than e-cycling them when they’ve reached their end of life. Take these steps to further reduce the impacts associated with the electronics we use in our daily lives. 

Think green 

If your computer, monitor or TV is in working condition, consider these options before taking them for e-cycling:

Repair and/or upgrade
A computer or TV repair shop can often make your old electronics like new again with simple repairs. Upgrading a few parts in an old computer can also be a cost-effective alternative to buying a new one.
Save memory space on your new computer by designating the old one for a specific task, like word processing or hosting your music collection. An old TV can serve as a second set in another room, or be used for games and/or movies.
Just because you can’t use it doesn’t mean someone else can’t! Give your old computer, monitor or TV to a family member, friend or student in need. If you don’t know anyone who could use your old working electronics, donate them to a second-hand store, charity or reuse organization.
Some Oregon E-Cycles collection sites may accept working electronics for reuse. Please ask collection sites for more details.

E-Cycle green

If your computer, monitor or TV can’t be repaired or reused, e-cycle it by taking it to a participating Oregon E-Cycles collection site. Not only is it free and easy, but you’ll also be assured that your old electronics are recycled in an environmentally responsible manner.

Buy green

If you’re in the market for new gadget, consider used and refurbished equipment. Many electronics repair or reuse stores and manufacturer Web sites offer high quality used and refurbished items for a fraction of the cost of a similar new item.
When shopping for new electronics, choose energy efficient products such as those that carry the ENERGY STAR label. Look for products with other green features like the use of recycled and recyclable materials. Need help? Ask retailers about environmentally friendly options and check EPEAT for a list of computers that meet environmental criteria.

Use green 

Take advantage of energy-saving power management features on your electronics and turn off or unplug them when not in use. (Electronics use energy even when just plugged in!) Prolong the life of your electronics by keeping them in tip-top shape. Consult your owner’s manuals for more information on proper maintenance.