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Ore. scrap firm planning to build $4M e-cycling system

Keywords: Tags  scrap, e-cycling, electronics, Export Global Metals, EG Metals, Peter Van Houten, Sean Davidson

NEW YORK — Oregon scrap metals recycler Export Global Metals Inc. has begun construction on a new electronics recycling arm that it aims to have operating by October.

The Hillsboro, Ore.-based company said it will invest $4 million in an electronics end-of-life shredding and processing system to become the first processor in Oregon with this capability.

EG Metals will be able to provide secured chain-of-custody transportation, full video-documented destruction and sorting of all computer electronics, including hard drives and circuit boards, into source metal commodities like copper, aluminum, tin and plastics, the company said.

"Being able to securely transport, process and separate computer electronic components domestically will increase our ability to service large commercial customers concerned about how and where their computers and their computer data is being processed," said Peter Van Houten, general manager and vice president of operations.

The company said construction and implementation of the new equipment will begin this month, with full production expected to start by the end of September.

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