New program in Clackamas allows more TV recycling

New program in Clackamas allows more TV recycling

Credit: Bill Krumm-KTVB

New program in Clackamas allows more TV recycling

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by By JOE MICHAELS, kgw.com

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Posted on August 15, 2009 at 3:27 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 6 at 1:22 PM

CLACKAMAS, Ore. -- At CRT Processing in Clackamas, the belts are moving, the drills drilling, and the forklifts lifting. But it's just a matter of time before that plant is even busier.

"Right before January 1, we anticipate having 25 to 30 new employees here, and by the middle of the year we anticipate it to be 50 to 75," said Greg Sampson, the corporate relations representative with CRT Processing.

This coming January the Oregon E-Cycles program will go online. That program will let people recycle their TVs and computers at no charge. But recycling that e-waste is tricky.

"A 15 to 17" average tube has approximately seven pounds of lead in it," said Sampson.

You heard right -- old TVs and other CRT monitors can have pounds and pounds of lead in them.

But this recycler has a unique way of cleaning it up.

"We do have a proprietary system that actually processes the glass without chemicals and without liquids." Sampson says his company's unique process is very green.

"This is the first time Oregon has had the benefit of this company."

That was Dale Emanuel, who works with Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette. Her organization knows all about recycling TVs -- they take in millions of pounds of TVs every year.

Emanuel says Goodwill has always done its best to be environmentally friendly. But CRT processing will let them be even greener.

"We love to partner with companies that are as passionate and aggressive as we are with recycling. We are really thrilled, and honestly, we say bring on your TVs," said Emanuel.

Come January 1, everything should be in place -- you'll be able to get rid of your TV or that old computer monitor free of charge.

And you can know that a lot of people are working day and night to keep that e-waste out of our environment.

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