Oregon e-Waste Recycling - Grants Pass Oregon

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Oregon e-Waste Recycling - Grants Pass OregonOregon e-Waste Recycling - Grants Pass Oregon.  It was a busy day in Grants Pass Oregon on Thursday.  A recycling tent was set-up, ready to accept Oregoninan's electronic waste.  The first year of recycling electronic waste in Oregon brought in more than anyone expected, approximately five pounds per person for a total of 18.9 million pounds.

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality e-Waste Recycling Program Manager Kathy Kiwala said Thursday that residents have always been good recyclers, often leading the nation, but this was way beyond their expectations.  An average of 3.3 pounds per person, or a total of about 12 million pounds of electronic waste was collected the first year.

Kiwala said more than half the waste was TVs, apparently due to the switch from analog to digital broadcasting.  And, this year should bring in 21 million pounds, since a $500 fine went into effect Jan. 1 for each component of e-waste that is tossed in the garbage rather than recycled. 

The 2007 Oregon State Legislature enacted a law allowing people to recycle seven computers, monitors and televisions at a time.  The program does not cover non-recyclable components, such as keyboards, mice, speakers, printers, scanners or other electronics.

Congratulations Grants Pass Oregon Residents for doing your part to recycle, reduce, and reuse!

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Alix Pinzon
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Instead of making threats to encourage recycling, they should be offering money for e-waste and motor oil.  I'd also like to have the deposit money back that I pay when I purchase cans and bottles, now that the municipalities are collecting them at the curb.  Another great post Melinda, keep it up!

Jan 30, 2010 12:18 AM #1
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David Saks
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Much of the electronic waste has phosphorous. Disposing of it is a real task. Also, electronic hobbyists find ways to be creative with components and circuit boards. The local radio clubs and other groups are always looking for salvageable electronic parts.

Jan 30, 2010 01:29 AM #2
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Howdy and Mornen Melinda

Congrats to y'all on the folks do-en such a fine job, with the recyclen program in your area.

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