Safely Recycle Your Old Electronics
Need to get rid of a computer or – with the digital switch complete – an old television? Judie Miller of Metro told us that people can recycle much of their electronic equipment for free in Oregon and Washington, thanks to new electronics recycling programs in both states. And how, with an expanded number of drop-off sites now available to accept electronics, recycling them has become easier than ever.
You can drop off small amounts – up to seven at one time in Oregon, 10 in Washington – of the following items for free at participating Oregon E-Cycles and E-Cycle Washington locations:
· Computers (CPUs)
· Laptop computers
These programs don’t cover peripherals or other electronics, but other options are available. Mice, keyboards, printers, scanners, speakers, cell phones, MP3 players, smartphones, PDAs, game consoles, DVD players, VCRs and other items may be recyclable for a fee or free at some recycling locations. Consult the following resources for information:
· Department of Environmental Quality Oregon E-Cycles program – click here.
· Metro Recycling Information – 503-234-3000. For listings of Portland metropolitan area electronics recyclers that accept some or all of the materials mentioned above.
· E-Cycle Washington – click here.
· Department of Ecology recycling hotline – 1-800-RECYCLE.