Washington and Oregon Release E-Scrap Collection Figures
Friday, April 04, 2014
Posted by: Lindsay Kittleson
Washington and Oregon release e-scrap
Washington and Oregon continue to collect more and more e-scrap thanks to statewide legislation.
Presenting nearly identical collection numbers of around 7 pounds per capita, the two states have released 2013 collection data alongside program-to-date data, highlighting continued gains in collection totals.
Washington's E-Cycles program has led to the collection of more than 200 million pounds of electronics since it began in 2009. In 2013, collection totals rose to 45 million pounds, up more than 1.5 million pounds compared with 2012. The population of Washington is around 7 million.
Of the 45 million pounds collected last year, more than 46 percent came from leaded CRT glass. Most processors reported sending leaded glass to final recovery operations in India, where Videocon runs the lone glass-to-glass operation still taking U.S. CRT glass.
Total Reclaim collected the most e-scrap through the program, responsible for more than half of all collection during the year. The Washington-based company collected 23.5 million pounds of e-scrap in 2013.
Following suit, Oregon, with a population of about 4 million, reported bringing in some 123.5 million pounds of e-scrap in the last five years. Last year was another record-setting year for the program, leading to the collection of 27.7 million pounds, up 1 million pounds from 2012.
According to the Oregon report, a major cause for the gains has been the expansion of collection points throughout the state, especially in rural areas. Since the program first began in 2009, the state has increased its number of collection location by 37 percent. Today there are more than 300 collection sites and recycling firms currently working with Oregon E-Cycles.