Washington Recycles: Electronics

Washington Recycles: Electronics

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 2013, 42 sampling events were conducted. At those events, over 13,600 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 2013 the E-Cycle Washington program recycled 45.18 million pounds of electronics.

2014 Preliminary Return Share Information

See Washington's 2014 Preliminary Return Share assignments by Manufacturer.

See the 2014 Preliminary Manufacturer Brands and Weights list.

See the 2014 Preliminary Orphan Brand Returns list.

Manufacturer Challenge of Preliminary Return Share Process
The Preliminary Return Share assignments for program year 2014 were sent by mail to manufacturers on February 14, 2014. 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 31, 2014 and must include:
  1. A detailed explanation of the grounds for the challenge.
  2. An alternative calculation.
  3. The basis for the alternative calculation.
  4. Documentary evidence supporting the challenge.
  5. Complete contact information for requests for additional information and clarification.
On May 1, 2014, Ecology will publish the Final Return Share list for program year 2014. Ecology will take into consideration all challenges to the preliminary assignments. A written record of all the challenges received and a summary of the bases for the challenges, as well as Ecology's response, will be published at the same time as the Final 2014 Return Share list.

If you have any questions or comments about return shares, please contact:
Miles Kuntz
E-Cycle Washington Program Manager
(360) 407-7157
miku461@ecy.wa.gov



Return Share History

2009 RETURN SHARE INFORMATION

Final

- MFG Return Share Percentage
- Brands and Weights
- Orphan List
- Response to Challenges


2010 RETURN SHARE INFORMATION

Final

- MFG Return Share Percentage
- Brands and Weights
- Orphan List


2011 RETURN SHARE INFORMATION

Final

- MFG Return Share Percentage
- Brands and Weights
- Orphan List


2012 RETURN SHARE INFORMATION

Final

- MFG Return Share Percentage
- Brands and Weights
- Orphan List


2013 RETURN SHARE INFORMATION

Final

- MFG Return Share Percentage

- Brands and Weights

- Orphan List

Preliminary

- MFG Return Share Percentage

- Brands and Weights

- Orphan List