Donate or reuse electronics before you recycle
Portland nonprofit Free Geek wants your usable computers, laptops or tablets. They will refurbish unwanted electronics and donate them to folks who don’t have access to new computers. Free Geek also accepts electronics for recycling, so if you bring electronics that they don’t want, Free Geek can still take them off your hands.
Repair is even better
Free statewide program offers recycling options
Oregon E-Cycles provides free recycling of computers (desktops, laptops and tablets), monitors, TVs, printers and peripherals (keyboards and mice). Find a collector in Portland, where there are over 40 locations to drop off up to seven items at a time.
Recycling other electronics, like cell phones, speakers and game consoles
Oregon E-Cycles does not currently provide free recycling of cell phones, speakers, scanners, game consoles or other types of electronics or appliances — however, there are local recycling drop-off facilities that do accept these items. Call Metro’s Find a Recycler hotline (503-234-3000) or use their online search tool. They can tell you the most convenient drop-off locations to your home or workplace.
There are many benefits of doing the right thing with your stuff
Good for the environment: Electronics are made with valuable materials that can be recycled into new products. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) estimates that recycling one million computers prevents the release of greenhouse gases equivalent to the annual emissions of over 17,000 cars.
Good for our health: Electronics contain toxic materials such as lead, cadmium and mercury, and keeping these toxics out of the environment protects our health. According to the U.S. EPA, 40 percent of lead and 70 percent of other toxics found in landfills — including mercury, cadmium and polybrominated flame retardants — are from electronics.
Required: Since 2010, Oregonians are prohibited by law from throwing away computers, monitors or TVs in the garbage.