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As a Northwest Local Company, CTL is devoted in meeting your needs in an organized and timely manner. From the beginning, CTL as provided environmentally friendly programs such as the affordable and convenient recycling program along with many quality products. No matter if you recycle or donate any computer system related product CTL can help you dispose of your undesired computer products with no inconvenience to you or the environment.

The Problem: Millions of Tons of E-Waste
In the span of just 56 years, computers have gone from the size of a very large room, to now fit in your hand or on your lap. The technology and information age, though exciting with new developments, increased productivity, and fun toys, also comes with a bit of a price. Once a newer, faster, better (and usually cheaper) model of computer, T.V., fax machine, or copier comes onto the market, consumers tend to want the latest and greatest, leaving them to store, give away or dispose of the older, outdated models. The problem with this 'disposable' mentality is that all electronic devices will eventually quit working or fail, thus needing disposal. The bad news about this is that computers, televisions and other electronics contain some or many toxic chemicals, heavy metals and non-biodegradable materials, such as mercury, arsenic, cadmium, barium, silver, selenium, chromium, lead, brominated flame retardants, and numerous types of plastics.

Discarded computers, televisions, printers, fax machines and copiers are hazardous wastes. When dumped into landfills or improperly recycled, they pose a hazard to the environment and human health. Cathode ray tubes (CRTs) in computer monitors, television sets, and other video display devices contain significant concentrations of lead, phosphorous and other heavy metals. In some states, such as California, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Maine, the disposal of CRTs into landfills is prohibited and strictly regulated. In states like Oregon without specific landfill bans for CRTs, any non-residential CRT containing hazardous waste is banned from landfilling under national hazardous waste laws.

Each computer or television display contains an average of 4 to 8 pounds of lead. The 315 million computers that became obsolete between 1997 and 2004 contained a total of more than 1.2 billion pounds of lead. Monitor glass contains about 20% lead by weight. When these components are illegally disposed and crushed in landfills, lead is released into the environment, posing a hazardous legacy for current and future generations. Consumer electronics constitute approximately 40% of lead found in landfills. About 70% of the heavy metals (including mercury and cadmium) found in landfills comes from electronic equipment discards. These heavy metals and other hazardous substances found in electronics can contaminate groundwater and pose other environmental and public health risks

The Solution: "Green" Recycling with CTL
Recycling of computer and television materials and components - when done properly and responsibly - represents a safe and cost-effective strategy for addressing the problems posed by these units when inoperative or outdated. Recycling TV and computer materials and components, and removing and/or reducing and treating the hazardous components fulfills three goals: 1) conserves resources, 2) reduces environmental and public health threats, and 3) protects worker safety, while substantially reducing the high cost of permanently storing and disposing of hazardous wastes in permitted hazardous waste facilities. Computers, televisions and other E-waste contain valuable materials and components that are recyclable. Monitor and television tubes can be remanufactured into new tubes, or used as a fuel in a burning process that separates the lead from the glass and is then reused in lead batteries.

To disassemble, separate, sort, collect, and finally, recycle all of the many different materials is very labor intensive. The buyers of recyclables are selective of what they take, and prices vary according to markets and competition. To ship the monitor and television tubes to either one of the two leaded glass recyclers in America is a large expense in terms of shipping totes and boxes, the shipping costs from Portland to the mid-West or East Coast, and the disposal fee paid for the destruction of the tubes - whether a per piece or weight rate. - whether a per piece or weight rate. Unfortunately, recycling is not always free, and many computer and electronics manufacturers do not wish to incur the recycling costs their products generate. Until manufacturers take responsibility for their products from 'Cradle-to-Grave', the cost of properly disposing of computer and electronics waste rests on the electronics consumers.

Whether you or your company chooses to donate your old computer and/or electronics equipment to a deserving school, a needy person, or a worthy non-profit organization, the burden of disposing or recycling those items now shifts to the person or organization that needed the equipment, but could not afford. If you choose to use a non-profit or for-profit recycling company to recycle and dispose of your old equipment, you should ask as to where the recyclable items really end up. Some items and components end up in waste dumps, rather than being recycled. While other items and components are loaded into shipping containers and shipped overseas to be sold through brokers or recycled using unsafe methods and hazardous chemicals.

CTL prides itself on a nearly 100% "Green" Recycling model: nothing we recycle ends up in the trash dump and, with the exception of some low end and contaminated plastics, nearly all the components we recycle stay in this country. Further, CTL hires, trains and employs welfare-to-work clients from the "Steps-to-Success" program, and provides technical support internships for students who are currently enrolled in computer courses at Portland Community College and Heald College of Business. At CTL we believe nothing should go to waste; we believe in giving people a new opportunity and a second chance. We help to keep waste out of the waste-stream and put workers back into the work-stream, creating a "Win-Win" situation for everyone. You and your company can recycle your e-waste responsibly, while being reassured that it is not thrown into a dump or shipped overseas; and your valued business helps to employ and empower welfare-to-work clients. In short, we want to be your e-waste trash man.

Battery Recycling Program
The most recent wave of recycling involves laptops, and with an increased number of these units being replaced, the question that begs for answering is "what do I do with my laptop battery?" CTL in conjunction with its third party partners is proud to be a drop off location for free battery recycling from all computer related applications.

Package Take-Back Program
Another industry first brought to you by CTL. With the purchase of any new system or monitor, we offer the ability to return the packaging to us, with the promise to re-use, or properly dispose of the packaging. This progressive approach to recycling, allows us to use the same box again and again, reducing the amount of waste being thrown in our landfills.

Electronic equipment is made with a variety of elements, like plastics, glass, steel, gold, lead, mercury, cadmium and fire retardants that can be recaptured through recycling and used again. If thrown away, electronic equipment can release toxins to the environment, potentially polluting the groundwater we drink and the air that we breathe. Recycling the resources in electronic equipment and also eliminates the need to obtain these elements from nature, decreasing production impact on the environment.

CTL ensures that electronic equipment is recycled according to EPA standards. All of our recycling is certified via certificates of recycling or destruction.

» Recycling Pick-Up Request

Projection Televisions
CRT Monitors $15
All other office/electronic equipment ¢.40 per pound
Pick-up and handling fees
Portland/Vancouver Metro Area (up to 20 miles)
Portland/Vancouver Metro Area (up to 21-60 miles)
Portland/Vancouver Metro Area (up to 61-100 miles)
Outside the Portland/Vancouver Metro Area
$Submit Pick-up request and we will call you with a quote

*Some products come with complimentary recycling. Please call us at 800.642.3087 for more information.

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