Oregon 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!