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Electronic waste recycling programs gaining momentum in Oregon


Oregon is seeing a rise in recycling e-waste that includes old computers and other electronics.
Electronic waste recycling used to be a small niche. However, with a high turnover rate for new gadgets and appliances these days, it seems that more and more programs that offer support for communities when it comes to e-waste management are gaining momentum. For instance, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is reporting record numbers this year when it comes to recycling.

DEQ reports that the total collection for the first six months of 2011 totaled 12.2. million pounds of e-waste, compared to 11.9 million in 2010, according to Oregon Live. There is no doubt that the increase results from the ever-increasing options when it comes to electronics on the market. TVs and computer monitors, for instance, are becoming more and more inexpensive to purchase due to a plethora of options to choose from. This means that more people can readily replace their old models for new ones.

In Oregon, a TV and monitor disposal ban can also be a major factor in the increase of people recycling their electronics. The law, which started in 2010, prohibits these electronics from being thrown into disposal sites like landfills, according to the DEQ. Another key component also has to do with the convenience of recycling in the area.

Oregon Live explains that the program is free for its residence. Everyone is allowed to bring up to seven electronic pieces (like a desktop computer, laptop, a monitor or a TV) to an E-Cycles collection site. And with more than 290 locations around the state, recycling e-waste in Oregon has never been easier.