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Disposal Ban

It is illegal in Oregon to dispose of computers, monitors and TVs in the garbage or at disposal sites such as landfills, incinerators and transfer stations. Anyone knowingly disposing of these items can be fined.

Some transfer stations DO accept these items for recycling.

The purpose of the disposal ban, which went into effect January 2010, is to require people to reuse or recycle these items. Reuse and recycling saves energy, conserves resources and reduces greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts. In addition, requiring manufacturers to take responsibility for end-of-life management of their products encourages them to design products with less waste and fewer toxics.

If your garbage and recycling is picked up at the curb:
Don’t place computers, monitors and TVs in your trash, recycling bin or place them at the curb. These items require special handling and cannot be collected via your regular curbside service.

If you haul your own trash:
Disposal sites cannot accept computers, monitors and TVs for disposal. A recycling depot located at a landfill, transfer station or other site may accept them for recycling. Check with the facility first.

Oregon E-Cycles provides free recycling of computers, monitors and TVs. Anyone can bring seven or fewer computers, monitors and TVs at a time to participating Oregon E-Cycles collectors for free recycling.

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Electronic devices

On June 29, 2011, Senate Bill 82 was signed into law. Beginning January 1, 2015, computer peripherals (keyboards and mice) and printers will be added to the Oregon E-Cycles Program.

Click here for the complete Senate Bill 82.

 
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For more information about Oregon E-Cycles, call 1-888-532-9253 or email

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Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
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Phone: 503-229-5696 or toll free in Oregon 1-800-452-4011
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