Landfill Bans in Oregon
What is banned?
It is illegal to dispose of these materials in solid waste disposal
sites in Oregon:
- discarded or abandoned vehicles;
- large home or industrial appliances;
- used oil;
- lead-acid batteries; and
- computers, monitors and televisions.
The intent of this ban is to divert reusable and/or recyclable
materials from Oregon's landfills, especially materials that are
toxic and can harm the environment if improperly disposed of.
If your trash is picked up at the curb:
You should make separate arrangements for disposing of these
materials so they aren't accidentally mixed with your garbage.
Because they may have value as recyclables, check first with your
garbage hauler, your local government solid waste department, or
If you haul your own trash:
You can be held liable for disposing of any of these materials at a
solid waste disposal site. You may, however, leave them for recovery
or storage for recycling at a recycling depot located at a landfill
or transfer station or other collection site that accepts them.
There may be better options than disposal.
In addition to the resources listed, contact DEQ for information
about recycling these materials.
- vehicles and home or industrial appliances (also called
"white goods," such as water heaters, refrigerators, kitchen stoves,
dishwashers, washing machines and clothes dryers): scrap metal
dealers, and most landfills and transfer stations, will accept these
materials for their scrap value. A fee may be charged for accepting
certain appliances since recyclers often need to process the
appliances to remove non-recyclable or hazardous parts. Scrap metal
recyclers and garbage haulers also often offer pick-up service for
scrap metal. They too may charge a fee for this service.
- used oil: for information on recycling household amounts,
contact your garbage hauler, transfer station, or landfill. If the
oil has been mixed with solvents, paint thinner, or other liquids,
it must be disposed of at a household hazardous waste collection
site or event. To recycle a large quantity of oil, such as that
generated by a business, look in the Yellow Pages of your telephone
book under "Oils: Waste" or call DEQ.
- tires: some transfer stations and drop-off depots will
accept tires for recycling, and many volume tire dealers around the
state will accept used tires for a minimal fee. (Off-road tires such
as earth movers and other solid tires not allowed on highways, and
tires chipped to Department standards, still can be landfilled.)
If you have large quantities on your property, check with DEQ's
Waste Tire Management Program. The program is designed to clean up
tire piles before they become health and safety hazards.
- lead-acid batteries: under a law passed by the 1989
Oregon Legislature, battery retailers and wholesalers are required
to accept used batteries for recycling. You can trade in as many
used lead-acid batteries as you purchase from the retailer. In
addition, through 1993, retailers must accept at least one lead-acid
battery from you for recycling, even if you do not purchase a new
Batteries also may be taken to a wholesaler, collection or
recycling facility, or to a state- or EPA-permitted secondary lead
smelter. Anyone who disposes of lead-acid batteries by any method
other than recycling may incur a civil penalty.
- Computers, monitors and televisions: Oregon’s 2007 law set
up a new statewide program (Oregon E-Cycles) that requires
electronics manufacturers to provide responsible recycling for
computers, monitors and TVs. Households, businesses and
501(c)(3) nonprofits that employ 10 or fewer people, and anyone
giving seven or fewer of these items to a collector at any one
time may use the new system free of charge. (Collection sites
may accept more than seven items from households, businesses and
non-profits with 10 or fewer employees. They may also accept
other types of electronic waste. Contact the collector.) To find
an Oregon E-Cycles location near you, visit
or call 1-888-532-9253.
If you are a business or nonprofit with more than
10 employees, you may take your computers, monitors and TVs
to an Oregon E-Cycles collection site for recycling, but you
can be charged for items over the seven item limit. There
are many recyclers that provide e-waste services—including
responsible recycling and data destruction.
If you are a disposal site operator:
The 1991 Recycling Act states that you can be held liable if you
knowingly accept the materials listed above for disposal. You can,
of course, continue to accept them for storage for recycling or
recovery purposes. If self-haulers utilize your landfill, you may
want to update signs and flyers to advise the public to separate and
place these items in the recycling area, rather than in the
In addition, new municipal solid waste landfill regulations
(Subtitle D) will affect all disposal site operators. The
Environmental Protection Agency has issued new regulations on
location, design, operation, ground water monitoring and corrective
action, closure and post-closure care and financial assurance
criteria. For more information, please contact the DEQ office in