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E-Waste Recycling Law Goes Into Effect in Oregon

January 11th, 2010 · 5 Comments

A new e-waste recycling law Oregon on January 1, 2010 banning computers, laptops, CRT monitors, and TV sets from Oregon landfills.

Oregon E-Cycles

A new e-waste recycling law in Oregon which took effect January 1, 2010 now requires manufacturers of computer CPUs, laptops, computer monitors, and television sets to provide free recycling services for these used, broken, or obsolete electronic items. Anyone can bring in seven or less of these items to any of the 220 Oregon E-Cycles collection sites scattered throughout the state.

Oregon is one among a growing number of states that have recognized the danger posed by irresponsible e-waste disposal. TV picture tubes and old CRT (cathode ray tubes) monitors can contain 3-7 lbs. of lead while electronic circuit boards may contain lead, cadmium, mercury, and other heavy metals. Deposited in landfills, these hazardous materials can potentially contaminate our water systems and the surrounding soil.

Watch: Oregon E-Cycles – FREE Recycling of TV’s Monitor & Computers!
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The law now prohibits computers, laptops, monitors, and TV sets from being landfilled in Oregon. Violators of this ban could face stiff fines of up to $500 for each prohibited item disposed of improperly. Read the fact sheet on the Electronics Disposal Ban (PDF).

For Oregon residents, you can find the nearest electronic waste collection site from your location through Oregon E-Cycles. You can also call their toll-free number at 1-888-5-ECYCLE (1-888-532-9253).

The prohibition and the free e-waste recycling program at Oregon E-Cycles do not cover computer peripherals (keyboards, mice, etc.,) or other electronic items. However, recycling of these electronic junk is also encouraged. You can find a local recycler who will accept these items or you can check a nearby Reconnect site (joint Dell-Goodwill e-waste recycling program) that will take in computers, laptops, TV, and peripherals.

Tags: Computer Recycling

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Beth Charette // Jan 11, 2010 at 7:25 am

    Clearly this is better than nothing at all for the people of Oregon. However, I worry about the states of Idaho, Washington, California, and the fish at sea, not to mention the consumer.

    Manufacturers of such equipment now must either find a dumping ground outside outside of Oregon, pass expense on to the consumer or cease doing business in Oregon altogether.

    There are all kinds of loopholes in the law that will allow land filling to continue or worse.

    In addition, there is the added expense of monitoring such legislation which again will inevitably be passed along to the consumer.

    The US is already adding over 400 billion dollars per year in retail expense to the consumer based on government regulation. In addition, at least in California, one business bankruptcy in five is caused by heavy government regulations which are added haphazardly one upon the other and enforced by a cadre of expensive civil servants who care not that businesses actually have to make a profit in order to fulfill public mandates and stay in business.

    I am both happy and sad about this new legislation. It says things that we all like to hear, but, as usual, neglects the practical consequences of laws passed in isolation just because a legislative body possesses relatively unchecked power over a tiny area of the Earth.

  • 2 Cincinnati Movers // Jan 12, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    I think that you bring up some excellent points. It’s good that this law has been put into effect, but no law stands up on its own. The effects of compliance with it could spill over into other areas as negative effects. That’s why regulation has to be interactive – not one law at a time but laws that interact and weave into each other. Otherwise you’re just patching one hole and blowing out another. Still, it’s a step in the right direction.

  • 3 Glass Bottles // Jan 13, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Thank you for posting this. We can never underestimate the importance of recycling. I am happy that Oregon has made this move, I hope that it picks up even more steam across the country.

  • 4 jual tanah // Jan 20, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    I think traders on Ebay have more recycled electronic stuff that are still floating around the country. Those old spare parts from old notebooks still have some prices and even those bulky CRT monitors are still selling on Ebay, the funny thing is that the shipping cost is more than the item’s price.

  • 5 Nicole Boivin // Mar 6, 2010 at 8:25 pm

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