Oregon E-Cycles Expands for 2015

Derek K. MillerIt’s getting easier to recycle more of your unwanted electronics equipment in Oregon – thanks in part to the latest expansion of the DEQ-administered and electronics manufacturer-funded Oregon E-Cycles Program.

Already, you may bring your unwanted televisions, computers and monitors to one of more than 270 collection facilities and recyclers throughout the state. And, beginning on Jan. 1, 2015, you’ll also be able to recycle your computer “peripherals” – keyboards and mice – as well as printers. The expanded recycling operations are expected to boost Oregon’s already nationally high rate of recycling.

“The addition of new devices to Oregon’s program demonstrates the strong commitment of Oregonians to responsibly recycle their electronic waste while protecting our shared environment,” said Craig Lorch, CEO of Total Reclaim, which operates a recycling facility in northeast Portland.

Oregon E-Cycles has operated now for nearly six full years and also includes collection events statewide. It’s expected to meet its intended goal of 29.3 million pounds of collected and recycled electronics items in 2014.

Electronics recycling and Oregon E-Cycles have come a long way during the past decade.

  •  A 2006 DEQ study showed that 15 of Oregon’s 26 counties were without any electronics recycling options whatsoever. Today, all counties enjoy this service.
  • The Oregon Legislature made the E-Cycles program a reality by passing an electronics recycling law in 2007 to create a program to “provide statewide collection, transportation and recycling services for Oregon consumers for televisions, desktop computers, laptops and computer monitors … to be funded by electronics manufacturers.”
  • During its first full year of on-the-ground operation, in 2009, Oregon E-Cycles collected nearly 19 million pounds of material at just over 200 locations.
  • Beginning in January 2010, a new Oregon law made it illegal to dispose of computers, monitors and televisions in the garbage or in landfills. This helped boost the program’s collection of electronics materials processed for recycling to about 24 million pounds in 2010. Within a year, the number of collection facilities throughout the state had grown to more than 250.
  • On June 29, 2011, the Oregon Legislature passed Senate Bill 82, which provided for the program’s expansion to include computer peripherals and printers in 2015.
  • Today, Oregon E-Cycles oversees more than 270 collection sites and anticipates meeting its goals for overall recycling in 2014. That number is certain to increase significantly in 2015 with the addition of printers and computer peripherals.
  • Click here to find the nearest E-Cycles collection site.

Information via Oregon.gov