Electronics Recycling Collection Index Shows Slight Decrease for 2010

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The National Center for Electronics Recycling has released its annual Per Capita Collection Index for 2010. For the first time, the index shows a slight decrease of 2% among programs that have been followed for the past five years.

The National Center for Electronics Recycling (NCER) announced today the 2010 per capita collection index (PCCI) for electronics recycling programs as showing a 2% decrease from 2009. The fifth annual PCCI, which measures collection volumes of used electronic equipment in six ongoing electronics recycling programs across the United States, marks the first decrease in the rate of per capita collections. The slight decrease may be attributed to unique factors primarily in one of the six programs, but is still noteworthy.

Unlike previous years, half of the programs saw a decrease in their per capita results, from 1% to 35%. The other programs increased collection volumes from 2% to 28%. The biggest outlier was Maine, whose program saw a 35% decrease, which puts its per capita results on par with results from 2008. Results from the Maine program in 2009 were significant since they represented a 50% increase from the previous year, and may have been due to higher numbers of short term collection events in 2009 and other short term collection opportunities.

“Overall, the PCCI for 2010 shows that some programs are entering a steady collection phase, while others are subject to year-to-year fluctuations” said NCER Executive Director Jason Linnell. “The index, combined with per capita collection results from other state programs not included in the index, shows that many programs are increasing, but there are exceptions and circumstances which cause a program to level off or decrease.” Other state program data are available on the NCER’s website for the Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse (http://www.ecycleclearinghouse.org).

The increase or decrease of the PCCI value indicates changes in the collection of electronics across the programs included in the index and suggests a similar trend nation-wide. The jurisdictions included in the index are the states of California, Maine, and Delaware; a large municipality in Hennepin County, Minnesota; and two smaller municipalities in Branford, Connecticut and Frederick County, Virginia. For a complete explanation of the assumptions and calculations behind the PCCI, please see:

The NCER announced the annual PCCI at its workshop entitled “Understanding and Complying with State Electronics Recycling Laws” at the International Electronics Recycling Expo in Las Vegas. In addition to the workshop, NCER Executive Director Jason Linnell will be moderating a session on manufacturer takeback laws during the conference.
For additional information about the NCER and any of their research projects or programs, call 304-699-1008 or visit http://www.electronicsrecycling.org.

About the National Center for Electronics Recycling (NCER): The NCER is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Parkersburg, West Virginia that is dedicated to the development and enhancement of a national infrastructure for the recycling of used electronics in the U.S. The NCER manages the statewide network of collectors and recyclers under the Oregon State Contractor Program and administers the Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse with the Northeast Recycling Council. For more information about the NCER, visit their website at http://www.electronicsrecycling.org.


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