Multnomah County collecting cell phones for recycling



Posted on August 15, 2009 at 3:26 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 6 at 1:22 PM

PORTLAND -- Multnomah County is trying to help citizens get a little greener by hosting a cell phones recycling collection service.

People can drop off used cell phones in the Multnomah Building and these 10 other collection centers throughout the county:

Multnomah Building

McCoy Building

North Portland Health Clinic

Elections Building

Yeon Annex

Mid-County Health Clinic

Multnomah County East Building

Central Library

Midland Library

Hillsdale Library

Gresham Library

The county is partnering with Wireless Alliance - an electronics recycler - to collect and recycle community phones and MP3 players.

There is no cost to the county or to residents who bring in their equipment.

"Cell phones and other electronic equipment in our waste stream are unnecessary and can leach toxic substances into the water and air," said County Commissioner Jeff Cogen. "There are safe ways to recycle cell phones and mp3 players and I'm glad that we are making this service accessible to our residents."

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, toxic metals and other materials present in cellular phones include lead, chromium VI, and brominated flame retardants.