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Oregon E-Cycles celebrates 10 years of electronics recycling

The Register-Guard, Eugene OR logo The Register-Guard, Eugene OR 7/12/2019 By The Register-Guard, The Register-Guard, Eugene, Ore.
a machine on the counter: Oregon E-Cycles celebrates its 10th anniversary this month. [Gatehouse Media file] © Gatehouse Media file/Observer-Dispatch/The Register-Guard, Eugene, Ore./TNS Oregon E-Cycles celebrates its 10th anniversary this month. [Gatehouse Media file]

This month marks the 10th anniversary of Oregon E-Cycles, a statewide electronics recycling program.

More than 250 million pounds of electronics have been recycled and more than 410,000 electronic devices reused in the program's first decade, said Jennifer Flynt, spokeswoman with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

Oregon E-Cycles started in 2009 and the program relies on a network of recycling centers, transfer stations, thrift stores, retail stores and other outfits to collect unwanted electronics. The Oregon Legislature in 2010 made it illegal to throw televisions, monitors and computers in the trash. In 2011, lawmakers added printers to the list, as well as keyboards, mice and other computer peripherals.

Participating organizations in Eugene and Springfield include Goodwill, the Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul, as well as NextStep Recycling, which runs the ReUse Store.

Go to deq.state.or.us/ecsearch/Default.aspx to find an Oregon E-Cycles collector.

For more information about the program go to oregon.gov/deq/ecycles.

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