Establishing a Return Share List
What Is Return Share?The law defines "return share" as a manufacturer's percentage, by weight, of identified brands of covered electronic products (CEPs) returned for recycling.
The law directs Ecology to determine the return share for each manufacturer participating in either the Standard Plan or an Independent Plan. Ecology will determine return share by conducting sampling events at E-Cycle Washington processors throughout the year. These samples will provide data on the type, weight and brand owner of the CEPs returned for recycling in a calendar year.
In 2014, 41 sampling events were conducted. At those events, over 15,600 TVs, monitors and computers were randomly sampled and the data on each unit was recorded for use in determining return share by manufacturer.
As an example, a manufacturer whose brands totaled 2,000 pounds out of a total of 400,000 pounds sampled would have a return share of 2,000 divided by 400,000 with the result multiplied by 100 for a return share of 0.5% plus a proportional share of all "orphans." Orphans are CEPs for which a brand owner could not be determined or CEPs with brands owned by companies that have gone out of business. In this example, the manufacturer would be responsible for 0.5% by weight of all the electronics returned for recycling in that year. In 2014 the E-Cycle Washington program recycled 44.36 million pounds of electronics.
2015 Preliminary Return Share InformationSee Washington's 2015 Preliminary Return Share assignments by Manufacturer.
See the 2015 Preliminary Manufacturer Brands and Weights list.
See the 2015 Preliminary Orphan Brand Returns list.
Manufacturer Challenge of Preliminary Return Share ProcessThe Preliminary Return Share list for program year 2015 was published on February 4, 2015, and manufacturers were notified of their return share by mail. The law provides a process for manufacturers to challenge their preliminary return share by written petition to Ecology. All petitions must be received by March 13, 2015 and must include:
If you have any questions or comments about return shares, please contact:
E-Cycle Washington Program Manager
Return Share History
2009 RETURN SHARE INFORMATION
2010 RETURN SHARE INFORMATION
2011 RETURN SHARE INFORMATION
2012 RETURN SHARE INFORMATION
2013 RETURN SHARE INFORMATION
2014 RETURN SHARE INFORMATION
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