Portland, OR—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued a $164,400 civil penalty to Total Reclaim Incorporated for failing to perform a hazardous waste characterization, and failing to properly manage hazardous waste generated at Total Reclaim's facility in Portland, located at 6427 NE 59th Place, Portland, OR.
In addition to the civil penalty, DEQ is also requiring the company to submit annual hazardous waste generator reports for calendar years 2013 - 2015 and pay unpaid generator fees.
Total Reclaim was a service provider for Oregon E-Cycles recycling programs, as well as other customers. In mid-2016, DEQ learned that Total Reclaim may have illegally disposed of electronic waste overseas. Oregon E-Cycles recycling programs promptly stopped their use of Total Reclaim after these actions were discovered.
DEQ issued the penalty because Total Reclaim failed to properly recycle electronic waste, specifically flat screen televisions and monitors collected for recycling in Oregon. The export of hazardous waste to China presented the risk of serious harm to workers and the environment, as much of the waste Total Reclaim exported contained hazardous waste concentrations of mercury, lead and other toxic metals.
Oregon E-Cycles, established in 2007 to increase e-waste recycling, is a manufacturer-funded program that provides free, convenient, statewide collection of computers, monitors, TVs and printers. Despite the actions of Total Reclaim in managing this waste stream, the vast majority of e-waste recycled in Oregon is handled properly. Since collections began in 2009, Oregon E-Cycles programs have recycled over 205.8 million pounds of electric devices and sent more than 277 thousand units for reuse, thereby conserving resources and reducing pollution.
View the enforcement letter: https://www.oregon.gov/deq/nr/040317reclaim.pdf
Matthew Van Sickle, Public Affairs, Portland, 503-229-6044, firstname.lastname@example.org