E-waste Industry Boosts Jobs in Oregon

Not only did Oregon E-Cycles keep over 24 million pounds of e-waste out of landfills in 2010, it also created jobs. According to Oregon Business, the number of electronics recycled under the law and the figures from the program’s largest recycler indicate that hundreds of jobs have been created since the program began in 2010. One example is Universal Recycling Technologies from Clackamas, a company that recycled over at hird of Oregon’s e-waste last year. The company opened after the law passed, but started recycling in 2009, before it took effect. They have more than doubled in size, growing from 30 employees in 2009 to over 70 today. “When you talk about job creation, that doesn’t even account for the network of transportation and the other collection networks,” says Tom Pritchett, URT’s director of environmental health and safety.

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