MRM and CRT Processing launch recycling program

Based on preliminary approval by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality of its new state-wide Oregon program, the Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Management Company, LLC (MRM) and CRT Processing, LLC, announced the start-up of the MRM Group Manufacturer Plan, three months in advance of the state-mandated start-up date.

Working with 21 leading electronics manufacturers, MRM is scheduled to operate the largest electronics recycling program in Oregon. The first three months of the program’s operation will be used to test its performance, and will be funded by Panasonic, Sharp, Toshiba and CRT Processing. Beginning in January 2009, financing for the program will come from the 21 participating manufacturers.

Oregon state law requires manufacturers of certain electronic products, including computers, monitors, laptops and televisions that are generated by Oregon households, small businesses and organizations to provide free and convenient recycling services starting January 1, 2009. The law permits manufacturers to work collaboratively to address the challenge of e-waste recycling.

The Pacific Northwest’s largest non-profit recycler, Goodwill Industries of Columbia Willamette (GICW), will partner with CRT Processing in the new MRM program. Utilizing its existing network of 38 stores and 58 donation centers, Goodwill will accept all electronics free of charge and transport the products to CRT’s Clackamas location.

MRM already operates in Minnesota and is in the process of developing collection and recycling programs in other states and jurisdictions, including Connecticut, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York City, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.