Oregon bans landfill electronics
Effective January 1, 2010, it became illegal for consumers
and businesses to dispose of computers, monitors and
televisions in the garbage or at disposal sites including
landfills, transfer stations and incinerators in the
state of Oregon.
The new Oregon law is part of 2007 legislation that also
created a free, statewide recycling program for these
Penalties for anyone knowingly violating the disposal
ban may be as high as $500 for each violation. Each computer,
monitor or TV that is disposed of improperly is considered
a separate violation.
The purpose of the ban is to require reuse or recycling
of unwanted electronics and reduce the amount of harmful
waste that goes into the environment.
DEQ offers Oregon residents and business operators the
following advice about the ban:
If your garbage is picked up at the curb or in commercial
dumpsters, do not place computers, monitors or TVs
in the trash, recycling bin, at the curb or alongside
the dumpster. These items require special handling
and cannot be collected via your regular garbage
If you haul your own trash, remember that disposal
sites cannot accept computers, monitors and TVs
for disposal. A recycling depot located at a landfill,
transfer station or other site may accept them
for recycling purposes. Check with the facility
first. If you are hauling trash for your business,
consider arranging services with an e-waste recycler.
Remember to use the Oregon E-Cycles program to get
rid of your unwanted computers, monitors and TVs
for free. Anyone can bring seven or fewer computers,
monitors and TVs at a time to participating Oregon
E-Cycles collection sites for free recycling. Households,
small businesses and small nonprofits may recycle
more than seven items at one time. Oregon E-Cycles
defines small businesses and small nonprofits as
having 10 or fewer employees.
The Oregon DEQ requires that all materials collected
at participating Oregon E-Cycles sites are recycled responsibly
and under environmentally sound management practices.
DEQ tracks and documents recycling locations and how
the materials were handled.
The ban is limited to computers, monitors and televisions
and does not include computer peripherals such as keyboards,
mice, speakers, printers and scanners, or other electronics
such as cell phones. DEQ encourages all Oregonians to
recycle these items as well. If your local E-Cycles collection
site does not accept other devices, there are many other
businesses that recycle electronics.
For more information about the disposal ban and answers
to commonly asked questions about the ban, visit www.deq.state.or.us.