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?