Oregon’s E-cycles Program collects 10 million pounds
of waste in first 6 months
The Oregon E-Cycles Program, which provides free recycling
of televisions, computers and monitors throughout the
state, collected 9.54 million pounds of waste for recycling
during its first six months, far above originally projected
rates. The program, which launched January 1, originally
projected collection of 12.2 million pounds of material
The total amount of electronic waste collected at the
more than 200 collection sites in Oregon in April, May
and June was 4.81 million pounds, up slightly from 4.73
million pounds tallied for the first three months. Of
the 9.54 million-pound total for the first half of 2009,
more than half (56 percent) was from collection of televisions,
33 percent from monitors and 11 percent from computers.
The amount of televisions collected remained consistent
from first quarter to second quarter, said Kathy Kiwala,
E-Cycles project lead.
“The proportion of waste was consistent with the first
quarter, but we did not see the predicted tsunami of
analog TVs from the (June 12) digital changeover,” said
Kiwala. Television collection numbers may spike up in
the third quarter, she acknowledged.
Oregon E-Cycles is a statewide electronics recycling
program financed by electronic manufacturers and jointly
implemented by the Oregon Department of Environmental
Quality. Anyone can bring seven or fewer computers (desktop
and laptop), monitors and TVs.
Many manufacturers support the DEQ-administered state
contractor collection and recycling program. Three other
manufacturer groups operate their own collection and
recycling programs, but report to DEQ under the Oregon
E-Cycles umbrella. They are Dell Inc., the Individual
Producers Responsibility Group, and the Manufacturers
Recycling Management Company LLC.