Oregon E-Cycles is a statewide program, financed by manufacturers, that provides 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 were added to the program.
Oregon E-Cycles provides free recycling of
computers (desktops and laptops - including tablets), monitors, TV, printers and peripherals (keyboard and mice). The program does NOT
currently provide free recycling of speakers, scanners, game consoles or
other types of electronics or appliances.
You can search for Oregon E-Cycles collection sites and services
on this website or by calling, 1-888-532-9253.
Find a collector
You can also look for the Oregon E-Cycles logo at collection
sites. Sites displaying the logo are participants in the program.
And remember that when you buy a new computer,
monitor or TV, retailers will provide you with printed information about Oregon
E-Cycles, reminding you to visit the Web site or call the hotline for more
No. Locations affiliated with Oregon E-Cycles will display the
Oregon E-Cycles logo, indicating their participation in the program.
Locations that are NOT part of Oregon E-Cycles are not required to
provide free recycling of computers, monitors and TVs.
E-cycling is important for many reasons. Electronics are made with
valuable materials that can be recycled into new products. Electronics also
contain toxic materials such as lead, cadmium and mercury. E-cycling protects
our health by keeping these toxics out of the environment. No. Participating Oregon E-Cycles collection sites must accept
computers, monitors and TVs from anyone bringing seven or fewer items at a one
time. However, there may be a charge for at-home pick-up, curbside services, or
other premium services.
An Oregon state law passed in 2007 requires electronics
manufacturers to pay Oregon E-Cycles. Oregon E-Cycles is an example of product
stewardship, where the company that makes a product is responsible for
recycling the product. Manufacturers include the costs of recycling their products
in the cost of doing business.
If you are a household, small business with 10 or fewer employees,
or small 501(c)(3) nonprofit with 10 or fewer employees, you may take more than
seven computers, monitors and TVs to a participating collection site at one
time. However, you may be asked to verify your status as one of these entities.
Please call collection sites ahead of time to inquire about any needed
documentation and to ensure they have the capacity to handle your items.
If you are not one of these entities, collection sites may charge
you for computers, monitors and TVs over the seven item limit.
Oregon E-Cycles only provides free recycling for computers,
monitors and TVs. Oregon E-Cycles collection sites may also take other devices
that are NOT covered under Oregon E-Cycles, but may charge a fee to recycle
these items. Please ask the collection site about additional items and fees.
If your local Oregon E-Cycles collection site does not accept
other devices, there are many other businesses that recycle electronics. Some
may charge a fee, depending on what items you want to recycle. If you live in
the Portland Metro area, call Metro’s Recycling Information Hotline at
503-234-3000. Otherwise, contact your local solid waste offices office for
recyclers in your area.
Oregon E-Cycles requires
participating recyclers to follow, at a minimum, environmentally-sound
management practices established by DEQ. EMPs require recyclers to demonstrate
that their programs do not harm human health and the environment.
There’s more to greening
your computers, monitors and TVs than e-cycling them when they’ve reached their
end of life. How you use your electronics, what you purchase to replace old
electronics and what you do with your unwanted electronics all have important
Retailers are only permitted to sell computers, monitors and TVs
from manufacturers that have met all requirements under Oregon E-Cycles. DEQ
maintains a list of manufacturers and their compliance status for this purpose.
Premium services are
services that are offered by participating recycling programs under Oregon
E-Cycles in addition to the standard collections sites and services. Examples
of “premium services” could include mail back or pick-up services. There may or
may not be a fee associated with these premium services.