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What is Oregon E-Cycles?

Oregon E-Cycles is a new statewide program, financed by manufacturers, that provides responsible recycling of computers, monitors and TVs. Anyone bringing seven or fewer items at a time may recycle their electronics at no charge at participating collection sites. The disposal of computers, monitors and TVs are prohibited in Oregon.

Who is served by Oregon E-Cycles?

Anyone who brings seven or fewer devices to a participating collection site.

What if someone brings more than seven devices to a collection site?

Households, small businesses and small 501(c)(3) nonprofits with 10 or fewer employees are permitted to bring more than seven devices to a participating collection site. If these entities bring more than seven items, you may ask to verify their status as a household, small business or small nonprofit. It is up to the collection site to determine if they can accept those additional items at that time, or request them to come back another day.

If an entity other than a household, small business or small nonprofit brings more than seven items, you may charge them to recycle those additional items.

How can I become a participating collector, transporter or recycler?

Under Oregon E-Cycles, manufacturers of computers, monitors and TVs must participate in a recycling program. Manufacturers must also participate in a recycling program. Those who meet certain requirements may choose to implement and cover their own manufacturer-run program costs; or manufacturers may pay a recycling fee to participate in the DEQ-administered State Contractor Program.

To be a collector, transporter or recycler for Oregon E-Cycles, you must have a contract or agreement with the State Contractor Program or an approved manufacturer program. As a participant in Oregon E-Cycles, you will be reimbursed for the costs of collection, transporting or recycling as negotiated through your contract or agreement.

What if I am not a participant in Oregon E-Cycles?

If you do not have a signed contract or agreement with the State Contractor Program or an approved manufacturer recycling program, you are not a participant in Oregon E-Cycles.

Collectors, transporters and recyclers who are not participating in Oregon E-Cycles can operate “outside” the program. If you operate outside the program, you are not required to offer free recycling of computers, monitors and TVs. You will not be reimbursed by Oregon E-Cycles for your collection, transportation or recycling activities and you cannot claim to be a program participant.

What are the requirements for collectors, transporters and recyclers under Oregon E-Cycles?

The State Contractor Program and approved manufacturer recycling programs must ensure that their contracted collectors, transporters and recyclers meet the Environmental Management Practices established by DEQ.

Approved programs operating under Oregon E-Cycles may have additional requirements or conditions for collectors, transporters or recyclers. If you have questions about what solid and/or hazardous waste regulations apply to you, contact your DEQ regional office.

Are there requirements to operate outside Oregon E-Cycles?

DEQ encourages all collectors and recyclers to follow the Environmental Management Practices. However, at this time the EMPs only apply to those entities that are contracted by the State Contractor Program or an approved manufacturer program.

In the future, DEQ may consider implementing a program that would certify collectors and recyclers who are voluntarily meeting these standards, regardless of their participation as a collector or recycler for Oregon E-Cycles.

What is the disposal ban?

Oregon’s Electronics Recycling Law prohibits any person from disposing of computers, monitors and TVs. It also prohibits solid waste disposal facility operators from knowingly accepting these items for disposal.

For more information on the disposal ban, visit

Can I collect other electronics?

Oregon E-Cycles covers computers (desktops and laptops), monitors and TVs only.

Other devices, such as computer peripherals (keyboards, mice, etc.), DVD players, VCRs, video game consoles, printers, scanners, fax machines, cell phones and household appliances are NOT covered under Oregon E-Cycles.

These items may be collected for recycling, but will not be reimbursed under Oregon E-Cycles. Collectors and recyclers may charge a fee for handling these items.

As a participating collector, can I choose to only take one type of device? For instance, can I only collect computers?

No. Participating collectors under Oregon E-Cycles must accept all covered devices. Covered devices include computers, monitors and TVs.

As a participating collector, do I have to take all brands of covered devices?

Yes. Participating collectors under Oregon E-Cycles – regardless of which recycling program they are affiliated with – must accept all brands of computers, monitors, and TVs.

How do I contact the State Contractor Program and manufacturer programs?

The State Contractor Program and manufacturer programs may be looking for service providers in your area. If you’re interested in participating in Oregon E-Cycles, contact the recycling programs.

Can I be a collector or recycler for more than one program?

Yes. However, if you serve more than one program, you will need to work out details such as accounting, tracking and payments in your contracts. DEQ does not regulate the contracts between the recycling programs and their service providers.

How will people know I’m part of Oregon E-Cycles?

DEQ will maintain a searchable database of collectors participating in Oregon E-Cycles on its Web site so consumers can locate participating sites near them.

In addition, collection sites will be given signs with the Oregon E-Cycles logo, identifying them as part of the program.

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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