Statewide, OR—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality today announced that Oregon E-Cycles, the statewide program offering responsible recycling and reuse for many electronic products, is celebrating its 10th anniversary in July. Over the past decade, 250 million pounds of electronics have been recycled and 410,000 electronic devices have been reused through a coalition of stakeholders, including electronics recycling stewardship organizations, recycling and refurbishment centers, transfer stations, thrift stores and retail locations.
In 2007, Oregon was among the first states to pass electronics recycling product stewardship legislation, requiring manufacturers to provide free, convenient, environmentally responsible, statewide recycling for computers, monitors and TVs. Oregon E-Cycles launched in 2009, and the following year the state passed a law that made throwing TVs, monitors and computers in the trash illegal. In 2011, the Oregon legislature added printers and computer peripherals, such as keyboards and mice, to the mandate.
“As the world becomes increasingly crowded with electronics, it is more important than ever to recycle and reuse outdated and inoperative devices in a responsible manner,” said Blake Bennett, DEQ E-Cycles coordinator. “Since the Oregon E-Cycles program launched 10 years ago, electronics recycling stewardship organizations, operating under DEQ-approved plans, have worked diligently and collaboratively to develop a robust, comprehensive system, ensuring free access to electronic reuse and recycling for all Oregonians.”
Electronics recycling and reuse are crucial because devices contain toxic materials, such as lead, cadmium and mercury, which can be dangerous if even small amounts are released into the air, water or soil. Additionally, many electronics are composed of valuable materials, including copper, gold and aluminum, which can be used in the manufacturing of new products. Finally, electronics recycling and reuse align with DEQ’s “2050 Vision for Materials Management in Oregon," which provides avenues for Oregonians to use materials responsibly, conserve resources and protect the environment.
“Oregon E-Cycles was formed during the first wave of electronics product stewardship programs developed in the United States,” said Carson Maxted, program manager, Oregon State Contractor Program for Electronics Recycling. “Over the years, it has grown to become an essential part of many Oregonians’ recycling regimen.”
For more information about the program, including where to find the more than 240 collection sites operating across Oregon and special E-Cycles anniversary events, visit https://go.usa.gov/xy4qP
or search Facebook and Twitter throughout July using the hashtag #OREcycles10.
For more information, visit:
Oregon E-Cycles: https://www.oregon.gov/deq/ecycles/Pages/default.a...
2050 Vision of Materials Management in Oregon:
Materials Management Programs: https://www.oregon.gov/deq/mm/Pages/default.aspx
DEQ's mission is to be a leader in restoring, maintaining and enhancing the quality of Oregon's air, land and water.
Jennifer Flynt, DEQ, email@example.com