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Oregon Statewide Recycling Program Causing Concern

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OREGON - The Oregon's statewide program to collect and recycle electronics is nearing, but some wonder how it's going to work.

One concern is figuring out how the electronics will be collected from one city to the next.  The plan is to have different companies and non-profit groups collect the unwanted electronics, in hopes to make this service free to the public.

Beginning in January, computers, monitors and TV's will be no longer be taken to landfills in Oregon.   Supporters say the program is needed because most electronics contain toxic materials that can contaminate landfills.

The volume of electronics is also a concern.  In the 1970's, average homes had just one television and kept it on average from 15 to 17 years.  Now, homes may have multiple TV's,  and people go through them every 7 or 8 years.  The turnover cycle for a computer is even tighter, about every
three years.