Oregonians recycle 24 million pounds of e-waste

During the first year of a statewide ban on dumping e-waste in the trash, Oregon E-Cycles has kept more than 24 million pounds out of landfills. The E-Cycles program works with about 240 collectors and 12 recyclers across the state. It uses no taxpayer money—instead relying on annual fees from electronics manufacturers who sell their products in Oregon. “There’s no need to go out and mine a mountain top or into the ground when we can mine this pile of urban waste,” said Program Manager Kathy Kiwala. “It saves a lot of energy.”

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