Oregon is Very Green

Almost too green, in recycling terms. This article in today’s The Oregonian shows the successes, and pitfalls of an overly successful electronics recycling program here:

Oregon’s electronics recycling too successful for some manufacturers
by Scott Learn, The Oregonian
Tuesday May 12, 2009, 7:44 PM

Less than five months in, Oregon’s free electronics recycling program is collecting too much too fast for the largest manufacturer group involved, prompting it to ask the Oregon recyclers it works with to dial back their efforts.

The group, the Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Management Company, or MRM, recently warned Goodwill and its other collectors that it won’t pay if they participate in off-site recycling events put on by groups such as churches or neighborhood associations.

Facing high returns and a bum economy, MRM told the collectors to limit themselves to state-provided signs for advertising and not to use freelance fliers when it comes to state-mandated free recycling of televisions, computers, laptops and monitors that began Jan. 1.

This is scary. We’re one state, and this is probably only including a small portion of the population. If we have this much junk, multiply that by everyone around the world who has junk… Never been so scared in my life. Where is all this crap going to go? It makes me cringe at the idea of buying one more anything. Personally, I tend to keep stuff. Forever. My car is twenty years old now. My cell phone is close to four (which is like immortal in cell phone terms). My computer here at home is ten. Yes, ten years.

I don’t know. How do we get people to quit buying and using up so much unnecessary stuff?

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About D. D. Syrdal

Writer of vampire stories and science fiction. First novel, "Revenants Abroad", available now at Amazon, BarnesandNoble.com, Kobo.com, Smashwords. If you like a vampire you can go out drinking with and still respect yourself in the morning, I think you'd like Andrej.
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2 Responses to Oregon is Very Green

  1. justwilliams says:

    Unfortunately, it is but one small part of the greater problem. First, you have to get people to listen. Then you have to find leaders with vision and courage; vision to see and understand the implications of oil running out within a decade or so and water in short supply in much the same time scale. Then they need the courage to tell us the truth and adopt the right solutions, regardless of narrow national and political ambitions.
    Of course these projected problems may take longer to become serious than some experts are expecting but surely we cannot go on with this galloping consumerism for much longer.

  2. Digital Dame says:

    And now we’re making the switch to digital tv in the U.S., which means all our old analog televisions are about to become very large paperweights. What are we going to do with all of them? There’s just no end to it. I don’t think most of the sitting politicians much care what happens in 10 or 20 years, they probably expect not to be here to see it.

    I agree, we can’t go on like this forever. I have no answers, only questions.

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