By Trey Granger on Jan 30, 2009

Oregon Creates 'Naughty or Nice' List for Electronic Manufacturers

Non-compliance by companies like GE will mean that they must institute programs to recycle, or not be able to sell their products in the state.

Non-compliance by companies like GE will mean that they must institute programs to recycle, or not be able to sell their products in the state.

Manufacturers that want to sell computers and televisions in the state of Oregon must comply with the new Oregon E-Cycles law, which currently leaves 20 different tech companies banned from store shelves in the Beaver State.

According to the law that went into effect January 1, manufacturers of computers, monitors and TVs must register their brands with the state's Department of Environmental Quality and participate in recycling programs for every Oregon city with a population over 10,000.

Among the 20 companies that are currently non-compliant is General Electric Co., which is planning to re-enter the television market in April. The ruling includes orders made via catalog, telephone and the internet by Oregon residents.

Each participating manufacturer will have a "return share," which corresponds to a percentage and weight that the manufacturer must collect and recycle each year. For this year, the largest return share is LG Electronics, which must recycle 1,120,771 pounds in the state.

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      • jbeniger

        i have kept aside my dead electronics because i do not want to give it to a company who sends it to a third world country, and in sweat shops, dismantles the dangerous materials in circumstances that are poisonouos to people who are poor and unable to ave decent jobs.

        do you know of a list of ewaste companies that use the ewaste responsibily and respectfully?

      • Carla

        This is a great idea – However Oregon does not promote recycling of styrafoam in their blue bucket program. As of yet they are not equipped to handle it at the plant for some reason. I find this hard to believe with all the to-go containers that are available. This was published in the Statesman Journal a couple of weeks ago on a big full page Green ad.

      • Kathy

        Hey I was wondering if you know where we could find phones pieces that have been recycled. What kind of phone we are looking for are the older ones that have rounded earpieces. My uncle uses them for his art and it is hard to find. Please let me know.

      • DW

        Isn’t it amazing that so much styrofoam is still being sold to the public, namely as coffee cups and take-away food containters. I wish we would all boycott any company that uses those materials to hold food and drink. There’s no earthly reason this unnecessary habit continues.

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        welcome to liberal utopia, aka hell.

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