Now I Can Recycle My Old Pre-digital TV Sets

My home state of Oregon has joined many other states with electronics recycling centers. If you are one of the six other people who live in this seemingly empty state, here's where you can find the "ecycling" centers.

My home state of Oregon has joined many other states with electronics recycling centers. If you are one of the six other people who live in this seemingly empty state, here's where you can find the "ecycling" centers.

Many other states had electronic recycling before us. Illinois. Maryland. Kentucky, which privatized ecycling. Ecycling may not be too profitable right now. It appears the recession is playing havoc with private recycling business models. Here's a link to the clever private company that managed to glom onto the URL: ecycling.com.

Sadly Oregon only collects monitors and TV sets and computers. They don't accept the two most trashed and trashable pieces of electronics: keyboards and cell phone.

Best of all: mighty New Hampshire has a CD Recycling Center that will take your myriad CDs for free! Here's another site that says they take hard drives as well.

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I think we have to evolve beyond the hamstrung business model approach to electronics recycling. Toxics, plastic, wasted metal. Come on. We don't expect the local sewer plant to turn a profit. We should not expect somebody to make a profit dealing responsibly with the detritus of our digital lives. When my beloved laptop bites the dust I don't want its potentially polluting little molecules to get mixed with that dust. It should be recycled.