Oregon has enacted legislation providing for proper handling of electronic waste. The law provides free recycling for covered electronic devices (CEDs) and makes it illegal to dispose of CEDs. The law also restricts the disposal of non-covered electronic devices (NCEDs) generated by businesses. NCEDs generated by households are legal to dispose of or can be recycled for a fee at the Knott Recycling Center.
CEDs = Covered Electronic Devices are recycled for free per State law.
- Computer monitors
- CPUs (no peripherals)
- TVs (tube, projection, flat screen)
NCEDs = Non-Covered Electronic Devices are recyclable for a fee at select locations.
- Cash registers
- Cell phones and telephones
- Disk drives and pc boards
- DVD/VHS players
- Fax machines
- Microwave ovens
- Speakers and cables
- Surge protectors
- And more:
- Business Electronics Electronic devices generated from businesses and non-profit groups may be regulated as hazardous waste and cannot be accepted for disposal at any County Landfill or Transfer Station. Information on electronic waste management for businesses and non-profit groups can be found on the DEQ website under the Oregon E-Cycles Program (http://www.deq.state.or.us/lq/ecycle/index.htm). Business and Institution Guide to Managing Used Electronics fact sheet: http://www.deq.state.or.us/lq/pubs/factsheets/ManagingUsedComputers.pdf
How to recycle your E-Waste
Households: CEDs must be recycled and cannot go into the garbage. You can recycle them free of charge at any Deschutes County Transfer Station/Recycling Center. NCEDs can be recycled for a fee of $0.25 per pound at the Knott Recycling Center or you may dispose of them in your household garbage.
Businesses: CEDs and NCEDs must be recycled. Businesses with 10 or fewer employees: CEDs are accepted at Knott Recycling Center, Negus, Southwest, Northwest Transfer and Alfalfa Transfer Stations at no charge (limit 7). NCEDs are accepted at the Knott Recycling Center and charged at $0.25 per pound. These items are prohibited in the landfill. Businesses with more than 10 employees or more than 7 CEDs need to contact Deschutes Recycling at (541) 388-1910.
Oregon’s Electronics Waste Recycling Law defines a small business or non-profit group as a business or non-profit group with 10 or fewer employees. There is no charge for small businesses and non-profit groups to recycle up to seven televisions, computers, and/or monitors at the Knott Recycling Center and the Northwest, Southwest, Negus and Alfalfa Transfer Stations. Other business or non-profit generated electronic devices may be regulated as hazardous waste and cannot be accepted for disposal or recycling at any County Landfill or Transfer Station. These items are accepted for recycling at the Knott Recycling Center.
Oregon’s Electronics Waste Recycling Law defines a large business or non-profit group as a business or non-profit group with more than 10 employees. Large businesses and non-profit groups must contact the facility operator for details on acceptance of electronics. Business electronics may be regulated as hazardous waste and cannot be accepted for disposal at any County Landfill or Transfer Station.
Where to recycle or dispose of your E-Waste
Household CEDs (see list above) are accepted at no charge at:
Knott Recycling Center
Household NCEDs (see list above) are accepted at:
Alfalfa Transfer as household garbage
Knott Landfill as household garbage
Knott Recycling Center for recycling at a fee
Negus Transfer as household garbage
Northwest Transfer as household garbage
Southwest Transfer as household garbage
Small Business CEDs (see list above) are accepted at no charge at:
Knott Recycling Center
Small Business NCEDs (see list above) are accepted at:
Knott Recycling Center for recycling at a fee (Small business NCEDs must be recycled).
Large Business with CEDs and NCEDs need to contact Deschutes Recycling at (541) 388-1910 for recycling.
It is the responsibility of the person disposing of a computer to remove any sensitive information from the computer. For information on data security and methods for cleaning computer hard drives go to: http://www.deq.state.or.us/lq/ecycle/consumers/index.htm