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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Oregon E-Cycles?

Oregon E-Cycles is a statewide program, financed by electronics manufacturers, that provides free, easy and environmentally responsible recycling of computers, monitors and TVs. Anyone bringing seven or fewer items at one time may recycle their electronics at no charge at participating collection sites.

Since January 1, 2010, the disposal of computers, monitors and TVs is prohibited in Oregon. In 2011, recycling program credits were added, and in 2015, computer peripherals (keyboards and mice) and printers will be added to the program.

What items are covered?

Covered electronic devices include:

  • Computers (desktops and laptops - including tablets)
  • Monitors (both CRT and flat panel with viewable areas greater than four inches diagonally)
  • TVs (both CRT and flat panel with viewable areas greater than four inches diagonally)

CEDs currently do not include computer peripherals (keyboards, mice, etc.) and other types of electronics. Beginning January 2015, computer peripherals (keyboards and mice) and printers will be added to the program.

Am I a manufacturer?

For the purposes of Oregon E-Cycles, a manufacturer includes any entity that:

  • Manufactures or manufactured CEDs under a brand that it owns or is licensed to use (unless the license is to manufacture CEDs for delivery exclusively to or at the order of the licenser);
  • Sells or sold CEDs manufactured by others under a brand that the seller owns;
  • Manufactures or manufactured CEDs without affixing a brand;
  • Manufactures or manufactured CEDs to which it affixes a brand that it does not own; or
  • Imports or imported CEDs (unless at the time the CEDs were imported they were registered by another manufacturer).

I previously manufactured computers, monitors or TVs. Am I a manufacturer?

Yes. Manufacturers of CEDs that were previously sold in or into Oregon must register and participate in a recycling program under Oregon E-Cycles. Because registration fees are based on your market share (i.e. sales of your products in or into Oregon), it is likely you will be in the lowest tier category and pay the smallest registration fee.

Former manufacturers whose computers, monitors or TVs are returned for recycling through Oregon E-Cycles – even if they have never sold their products in or into Oregon – must also participate in Oregon E-Cycles. If these manufacturers are not already registered, they must submit a registration form and pay a registration fee of $250 within 30 days of receiving notification from DEQ.

Additionally, former IT manufacturers are responsible for paying the costs of their recycling obligation, either by participating in the State Contractor Program or a manufacturer program.

I build generic or "white box" computers, monitors or TVs. Am I a manufacturer?

Yes. If you build computers, monitors or TVs, you are considered the manufacturer of that device and must register and participate in a recycling program under Oregon E-Cycles. Additionally, you must affix a brand label to all CEDs. If you do not have a brand or logo, your company name may be used instead.

I only make a small number of computers, monitors or TVs. Am I a manufacturer?

Yes. All manufacturers of computers, monitors and TVs – regardless of how many of these items they make – must participate in Oregon E-Cycles. Because registration fees are based on your market share (i.e. sales of your products in or into Oregon), it is likely you will be in the lowest tier category and therefore pay the smallest registration fee.

Additionally, your recycling obligation is based on your brands of CEDs that are returned for recycling in Oregon the previous calendar year. If none of your brands are returned for recycling, you will not incur a recycling fee for that year.

I already recycle parts from my shop. Do I still have to participate in a recycling program?

A recycling program provides opportunities for the public to recycle their old electronics and is not an internal recycling program for residual materials and scraps created as part of your business operations. Furthermore, having your own take-back program does not exempt you from participating in a DEQ-approved recycling program.

I only manufacture components for computers, monitors or TVs. Do I need to register?

No. Registration is required only for manufacturers of whole devices of computers, monitors and TVs, not their individual parts or components (e.g. memory, hard drives, etc.).

What do manufacturers need to do?

Manufacturers must annually submit a registration form, pay a registration fee, participate in a recycling program, pay for recycling costs and affix brand labels to their products.

I am a new manufacturer. What do I need to do?

New manufacturers must register with DEQ before selling their brands of CEDs in or into Oregon. DEQ accepts first-time registration forms from new manufacturers throughout the year. After receiving a new manufacturer’s registration form, DEQ will issue a registration invoice.

Because registration fees are based on your market share (i.e. sales of your products in or into Oregon), it is likely you will be in the lowest tier category and therefore pay the smallest registration fee for the first year.

What happens if I fail to comply with these requirements?

Current manufacturers that fail to comply with their requirements under Oregon E-Cycles will be listed on DEQ’s manufacturer compliance list as “noncompliant,” and their products will not be permitted to be sold in or into Oregon. Furthermore, both current and former noncompliant manufacturers may be subject to civil penalties as outlined in ORS 459.995.

I also sell computers, monitors or TVs. Are there additional requirements I need to meet?

Yes. Retailers that sell computers, monitors or TVs must provide information about Oregon E-Cycles to customers at the point of sale and are only allowed to sell compliant brands that are affixed with a brand label.

How much will my registration fee be and when is it due?

Manufacturers must pay registration fees annually. This fee will be used to cover DEQ’s costs of administering Oregon E-Cycles. Please note that this fee is separate from any fees that may be assessed by the State Contractor Program or a manufacturer program for the collection, transportation and recycling of your computers, monitors and TVs or other programmatic costs.

Manufacturers are placed in one of four fee tiers, depending on their market share from the previous calendar year. Each tier has a fee, which ranges from $40 to $15,000. DEQ sends manufacturers an invoice for their registration fee on May 1; fees are due July 1.

Can I update information after I submit my registration form?

Yes. If any information changes during the course of the year, such as contact information or brand information, please email with updates.

How much will my recycling fee be and when is it due?

In addition to registering, manufacturers must also participate in a recycling program. Manufacturers choose to either participate in the DEQ-administered State Contractor Program or, if they meet certain requirements, to implement and pay for their own program provided the plan is approved by DEQ.

Participants in the SCP pay a per-pound recycling fee to DEQ, which is based on return share by weight for computer manufacturers and TV market share by weight for TV manufacturers. DEQ sends participants in the SCP an invoice for their recycling fee July 1; fees are due September 1.

Individual and group manufacturer programs are responsible for the costs of implementing their programs. Contact the recycling program representatives for more information about how their fees are distributed.

What are the requirements to participate in an individual or group program?

To pursue an individual program, a manufacturer’s return share must be at least five percent. To pursue a group program, the sum of the return shares of manufacturers participating in the group must be at least five percent.

Manufacturers pursuing an individual or group program must submit a recycling plan to DEQ for approval by July 1 each year.

Can I change my recycling program participation?

Manufacturers are required to choose which recycling program they will participate in for the following calendar year on their annual registration form. For example, when registering for 2013, a manufacturer indicates the recycling program they will participate in for 2014. This choice cannot be changed during the course of the year.

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