Appointments Filling Up Fast for Electronic Waste Program

The Register Guard (Eugene, OR), July 4, 2004 | Go to article overview

Appointments Filling Up Fast for Electronic Waste Program


Byline: RECYCLING By Pete Chism For The Register-Guard

The Lane County Waste Management Division started taking appointments for the E(electronic)-waste Recycling Program and appointments are filling fast.

When electronic materials are dropped off at the Glenwood Central Receiving Station through this program, they will be collected into one of two destinations; recycling or reuse. The materials destined for the recycling stream will be packaged into a trailer and transported to Tigard to be dismantled by hand.

Components that are separated and sent to material recyclers include:

Drives, cables, wire, printers and power supplies go to Metro Metals in Vancouver, Wash., to be shredded and separated into ferrous and nonferrous metal. Note: all drives are destroyed on a daily basis through the shredding process.

Computer circuit boards are processed at a Hallmark Refining Company in Mount Vernon, Wash. Hallmark refining shreds the material, then sends the shredded materials to a refining facility, Noranda in Canada or Umicore in Belgium.

Cathode ray tubes are sent to Doe Run Lead Smelter in Missouri. The lead is extracted from the glass and re-entered in the commodity market, often in the form of lead-acid batteries.

Batteries are separated by type and sent to INMETCO in Pennsylvania for processing.

Plastic exterior cases for computers and televisions will be baled and shipped to Salt Lake City for recycling.

Because of the high cost of transportation and dismantling, there are fees associated for some items: Television sets, $5 to $20 (depending on size); Computers (CPUs), $5; laptops, $5; monitors, $8; and copy machines, $35. There are no charges for phones, fax machines, computer peripherals, stereos, DVD players, VCRs and video game components. …

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