LaneCo residents increase e-waste recycling 27%

      SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Lane County is one of the top leaders when it comes to recycling electronics.

      Oregon residents recycled slightly more electronics in 2013, according to the department of environmental quality.

      Lane County saw a 27 percent increase in the last year.

      Several local non-profits and businesses have introduced programs to recycle computers and televisions.

      The heavy metals extracted from them can be valuable.

      "What I notice is that, in addition to that pull factor of there's value in this, is the concern citizens have to make sure that their stuff gets treated correctly and is not part of the pollution problem in the world," said Sarah Grimm, waste reduction specialist with Lane County.

      State law prohibits the disposal of computers and television monitors in landfills.

      The state has 300 official collection sites for electronics.