The statewide electronics recycling program, Oregon E-Cycles, turns 10 this summer. That’s 10 years of free recycling options for Oregonians.
Residents can take computers (desktops, laptops and tablets), monitors, TVs and printers to participating Oregon E-Cycles collection sites for free recycling. Computer peripherals (keyboards and mice) are also accepted at no cost.
Obey the law: Don’t put electronics in the garbage
Due to this producer responsibility program, remember that it is against Oregon state law for anyone to throw computers, monitors, TVs and printers in the trash. They must be taken to a participating electronics recycling collection site.
It is legal to throw peripherals, such as keyboards and mice, into the trash, however recycling is encouraged. Especially because our modern-day electronic devices contain toxic materials, such as lead, cadmium and mercury, which can be dangerous if even small amounts are released into the air, water or soil.
Find a collector in Portland, where there are over 40 locations to drop off up to seven items at a time.