The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has chosen the National Center for Electronics Recycling (NCER), based in Vienna, West Virginia, to manage and maintain the statewide collection, transportation and recycling network for Oregon’s State Contractor Program for electronics recycling that is conducted under Oregon E-Cycles.
Under the program, all manufacturers are participants in the state contractor program unless they choose to participate in and meet the qualifications for an individual or group recycling program.
DEQ continues to administer the overall Oregon E-Cycles program.
Through a competitive bid process, NCER demonstrated its ability to fulfill program requirements and provide additional time-saving tools that it will use to operate efficiently and provide savings to manufacturers funding the electronics recycling program.
NCER has implemented the Oregon E-Cycles state contractor program since the program began in 2008.
“NCER is very excited to continue working with the Oregon DEQ to manage the state contractor program for Oregon E-Cycles,” says Jason Linnell, NCER’s executive director. “For the past six years, the NCER-managed contractor program has provided convenient electronics collection for Oregonians with rigorous environmental standards for recycling, all while providing a cost-effective solution for manufacturers.”
DEQ’s new contract with NCER will begin Jan. 1, 2015 and end on Jan. 31, 2018. It includes an option to extend for one to three years.
NCER reports to Oregon DEQ and is tasked with the following overall objectives, among others:
- Provide efficient and cost-effective statewide collection, transportation and recycling services for computers, monitors and TVs on behalf of participating manufacturers. Beginning in January 2015, Oregon E-Cycles will expand to include the collection and recycling of printers and computer peripherals such as keyboards and mice.
- Provide convenient and available year-round collection services statewide free of charge to households, businesses and non-profit organizations that employ 10 or fewer individuals, or any person giving seven or fewer covered electronic devices to a collector at any one time.
- Provide oversight to assure that collectors, transporters and recyclers participating in the state contractor program adhere to Oregon DEQ’s environmental management practices and collection system standards.
- Provide accurate, auditable tracking and reporting on the amounts of devices returned and managed through the state contractor program and on payments for services provided.
- The Oregon E-Cycles website provides a database of collection locations and a list of manufacturers who are compliant with the program and other program information.