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MRM Gets OK On Oregon E-Waste Plan

Portland, Ore. — The Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Management Company (MRM) and CRT Processing today announced the early start-up of the MRM Group Manufacturer Plan, three months in advance of the Oregon state-mandated start-up date

This is based on preliminary approval by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality of its new statewide program.

Working with 21 leading electronics manufacturers, MRM is scheduled to operate the largest electronics recycling program in Oregon. The first three months of the program’s operation will be used to test its performance, and will be funded by Panasonic, Sharp, Toshiba and CRT Processing.

Beginning in January 2009, financing for the program will come from the 21 participating manufacturers.

“MRM is pleased to be teaming up with CRT Processing to offer the highest level of electronic product recycling in Oregon,” said David Thompson, president, MRM.

“This new program will make it easy for consumers to recycle their used electronics products, and for the manufacturers involved to operate a cost-effective recycling service,” he said.

Panasonic Corporation of North America, Sharp Electronics and Toshiba America Consumer Products jointly formed MRM to manage recycling programs on behalf of electronics manufacturers.

Oregon state law requires manufacturers of certain electronic products (computers, monitors, laptops and TVs) generated by Oregon households and small businesses and organizations to provide free and convenient recycling services starting Jan. 1, 2009. The law permits manufacturers to work collaboratively to address the challenge of electronic waste recycling.

The Pacific Northwest’s largest non-profit recycler, Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette (GICW), will partner with CRT Processing in the new MRM program. Utilizing its existing network of 38 stores and 58 donation centers, Goodwill will accept all electronics free of charge and transport the products to CRT’s Clackamas location. 

MRM already operates in Minnesota and is in the process of developing collection and recycling programs in other states and jurisdictions, including Connecticut, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York City, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.