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===Who to call and when===
===Who to call and when===

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Who to call and when

In 2008, Free Geek recycled 597 tons of material. We could not have done this without our material handlers who pay us to separate the stuff and actually do the recycling. In order to keep Free Geek from being crushed under the weight of our bad or obsolete donations, a fair amount of phone calls, e-mails, and fork-lifting is required...

If there's a question concerning our Oregon State Contract, and Liane can't answer it, (e.g. covered/not covered, authorization for Total Reclaim pickup), contact Carson Maxted at 5o3-5o1-8471. Carson Maxted is our contact at NCER.

Each vendor should be able to provide at least one item from the list on this Page Vendor paperwork

Current Active Vendors


(Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation)

  • http://www.rbrc.org/call2recycle/
  • CONTACT: Sean (Western Recycling Manager) (949) 429 - 1598
  • HOW: Boxen come with bags. One battery per bag. If battery is too big for the bag, tape up the end of the terminal.
  • WHAT: Portable rechargeable batteries, including laptop batteries
  • WHAT NOT: ups batteries
  • SHIPPING: Boxes have been historically automatically delivered to us. If we run low we may need to contact the vendor to trigger replacements. Boxes include prepaid UPS labels and can be handed to a delivery driver or UPS store for no charge. For about $7 we can schedule a same-day UPS pickup. In 2014 John has been occasionally scheduling UPS pickups for Amazon sales and giving battery boxes to the driver at the same time.
  • [obsolete: changes to help with battery flow: We can now use double walled boxes, and fill them with batteries that have their terminals taped by electrical tape. They will be stored on a pallet, and when the pallet reaches at least 1000lb we call Sean for a pick up. RBRC uses Yellow Freight for pick ups. No payment needed if we set up shipment with Sean.]
  • FG site ID number: 71856


  • Service CONTACT: Customer Service 503-283-7733
  • SALES CONTACT: Lauren Nickels
  • CAPACITY: every 4 weeks on Friday, 3+ bags, invoice to Liane's desk
  • WHAT: work gloves, aprons, rags
  • WHAT NOT: rags that were used to wipe toxic or flammable chemicals
  • To schedule a pick up: every 4 weeks rotation, Friday, no need to schedule

Denton Plastics

  • http://dentonplastics.com/
  • ADDRESS: 18811 NE San Rafael, Portland
  • CONTACT: ?Name
  • PHONE: 503-257-9945
  • Minimum Load: 1000 lbs.
  • WHAT: CDs (bare, no cases); in boxes on a pallet or in a Gaylord.
  • To schedule a pick up: We deliver.
  • LEAD TIME: ? 4 business days.


  • http://www.hallmarkrefining.com/
  • CONTACT: John Senff (main facility in Mt Vernon, WA) / Bill (local collection in Oregon City, OR)
  • Toll Free: (800) 255-1895 ext 123( for sales related questions only)
  • Phone: 503-657-9918 (to schedule drop offs)
  • Facility: 1016 Dale Lane Mt. Vernon, WA 98273
  • Delivery: 13929 Fir Street Oregon City 97045
  • LEAD TIME: 2 days for delivery, 4 days for pick ups
  • CAPACITY: Whatever we have
  • WHAT: Processors, hard drive controller cards, circuit boards, RAM

Int'l Paper

  • ADDRESS: 8530 NE Columbia Blvd, Portland
  • CONTACT: ?Name
  • PHONE: xxx-xx-xxxx
  • Minimum Load: No.
  • WHAT: Filmy Plastic.
  • To schedule a pick up: We deliver.
  • LEAD TIME: x.

Metro Hazardous Waste Site

  • 6161 N.W. 61st Ave., Portland, OR 97210
  • (503) 223-8133
  • FAX: (503) 223-8020
  • http://www.metro-region.org/
  • CONTACT: Rafael - Mo/Tu/Fr/Sa 503-223-8133 (Supervisor is (Ms.) Rory Greenfield -- greenfieldr at m__ro.dst.or.us)
  • CAPACITY: bucket loads
  • WHAT: Batteries sorted by Alkaline, Button, Lithium (not RBRC eligible, not Lead-Acid), and other hazardous chemicals.
  • HOW: The rules for dropping off batteries at the Metro Hazardous Waste site have changed:

We now need to fill out a "CEG" inventory sheet (download from Metro Hazardous' website: http://www.oregonmetro.gov/index.cfm/go/by.web/id=4442), include a proposed date and time for dropoff on the fax form, fax the inventory sheet to them. They'll send us a cost estimate, and then we can actually go and drop them off. The fees have to be paid at that time. Please give them 5 work days turnaround time to schedule an appointment.

CEG = Conditionally Exempt Generator (of waste)

Metro Metals

  • http://www.metrometalsnw.com/
  • CONTACT: dispatch at metrometalsnw dot com
  • CONTACT: dispatch 503-287-8861
  • CONTACT SALES: Dave Grill 503-680-7150 (cell)
  • 5611 Northeast Columbia Boulevard Portland, OR 97218
  • We are now "On Demand". As soon as we know our estimated shipment we call Dispatch and let them know how many we're shipping and what empties they need to bring. It is ok to email them, but better to call.
  • MINIMUM LOAD: 4 Gaylords & 2 SDs HOWEVER: as of 2014-03-25 there is no longer a minimum load. We will stick with the 4 & 2 usually, but now have the freedom to ship less when helpful.
  • LEAD TIME: 2 work days, 3+ is better (we should usually know about a week ahead).
  • WHAT: hard drive chassis, cords and wire, non-ferrous metal, motors, stainless steel, transformers

PCR America

  • http://pcramerica.com/
  • Address: 4520 B Street NW Auburn, WA 98001
  • CONTACT SALES/DISPATCH: Mike Stead (800-654-6072)
  • WHAT: Toner.
  • PCR has a driver in town about once a month. They will let us know ahead of time when, and if we have a pallet ready to ship, we'll ask them to stop by. If the pallet is less then 3/4th full, and nothing will be added by shipping date, do not ship, but hold until next month. If Free Geek receives extra material, and needs to ship early, contact Mike, and he will send FedEx.


  • ADDRESS: ?
  • CONTACT: ?Name
  • PHONE: xxx-xx-xxxx
  • Minimum Load: No.
  • WHAT: Plastics (low grade ie "non-E").
  • To schedule a pick up: We deliver.
  • LEAD TIME: x.

R.S. Davis Recycling

  • ADDRESS: ?
  • CONTACT: David Fitts, 503-508-5908
  • CAPACITY: minimum is 5 square milk crates of batteries.
  • WHAT: UPS batteries - not in containers or racks, free of brackets; will accept a "minimal" amount of fuses, wires - David will let us know if we go over.
  • WHAT NOT: other batteries.
  • To schedule a pick up: call David with number of milk crates.
  • LEAD TIME: minimum 1 business day, 2 is better.

Schnitzer Steel

  • http://www.schnitzersteel.com/index.asp
  • CONTACT: dispatch 503-286-6970
  • CONTACT SALES: Mark Boguski 503-286-5771 mboguski at schn dot com
  • 3200 Northwest Yeon Avenue Portland 97210
  • LEAD TIME: 2 business days
  • WHAT: Steel

Total Reclaim/EcoLights NW

  • http://totalreclaim.com/
  • BUT our weekly dispatch email goes to ...
  • CONTACT: Don Hawkins
  • OFFICE PHONE: 503-281-1899
  • CELL PHONE: 503-545-5528
  • LEAD TIME: 2 business days
  • Capacity: 30 gaylords &/or stretch-wrapped pallets
  • WHAT: Monitors, Plastic, TVs, copy machines, scanners, Fluorescent, incandescent and other light bulbs (sorted), PCB ballasts, CBM, Computers, Printers, UPSs
  • Total Reclaim/EcoLights NW
  • P.O. Box 30176
  • Portland, OR 97294
  • Tally Sheet
Total Reclaim Tally Sheet
Tally Total Reclaim shipments as they are moved into Gaylord Country. This ongoing tally is used on Wednesdays to estimate shipments for the following Friday.

Waste Connections, Inc./Arrow Sanitary

  • 12820 N.E. Marx
  • Portland, OR 97230
  • (503) 257-1331 or (503) 288-2500
  • (800) 285-2601
  • FAX (503) 257-8699
  • CONTACT: Sarah M.
  • WHAT: Trash, cardboard, paper, glass
  • Recycling get s picked up Friday am.
  • Trash gets picked up Saturday am.
  • Extra trash pickups on demand with in 2 days for a fee.

Wireless Alliance, LLC

  • http://thewirelessalliance.com/
  • CONTACT: Andrew Bates Tel. (303) 543-7477 Fax (303) 543-7677
  • WHAT: cellphones, chargers
  • 5763 Arapahoe Road, Unit G Boulder, CO 80303
  • SHIPPING: Boxes should be delivered automatically. If we run low we may need to contact the vendor to trigger replacements. Boxes include prepaid FedEx labels and can be handed to a delivery driver or FedEx drop off site for no charge.

Inactive Vendors

Batteries NW

  • 2725 Portland Rd NE Salem,OR 97301
  • CONTACT: Tony (Sales Rep) (503)932-7579
  • CAPACITY: minimum is now only 5 milk crates of batteries
  • WHAT: UPS batteries
  • WHAT NOT: other batteries
  • To schedule a pick up call Tony and let him know approximate number of batteries.


Clover Tech/Environmental Reclamation Services

  • http://www.ersusa.com/
  • CONTACT: Kimberly Deck 816.584.1000 x 14015
  • WHAT: Ink and toner
  • HOW: boxes on a pallet, request shipment over email, ship with UPS Freight

Far West Fibers

  • ADDRESS: ?
  • CONTACT: ?Name, xxx-xx-xxxx
  • Minimum Load: ?.
  • WHAT: ?.
  • To schedule a pick up: ?We deliver.
  • LEAD TIME: x.

IMS Recycling

Malibu Core Brokers

  • ADDRESS: 6737 State Street, Salem, OR 97302
  • CONTACT: David Fitts, 503-508-5908
  • CAPACITY: minimum is 5 square milk crates of batteries.
  • WHAT: UPS batteries - not in containers or racks, free of brackets, fuses, wires.
  • WHAT NOT: other batteries.
  • To schedule a pick up: call 503-508-5908 with number of milk crates.
  • LEAD TIME: minimum 1 day, 2 days is better


  • http://www.recellular.com
  • CONTACT: Andy Hood (800-426-1496)
  • WHAT: Cell phones, cell phone batteries, cell phone chargers.
  • WHAT NOT: Cordless phones, other phones, non-cell batteries or chargers.
  • New Shipping Instructions:
Shipping Instructions

Technology Conservation Group (TCG)

  • (503) 735-1102
  • http://www.tcgrecycling.com/home.htm
  • CONTACT: Kristoffer McGill
  • LEAD TIME: 1 business day
  • CAPACITY: 8 gaylords (minimum 6 required to send service truck)
  • WHAT: nothing at this time