PDX Recycling Vendors

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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...

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

Schnitzer Steel

Metro Metals

  • http://www.metrometalsnw.com/
  • contact for pick ups: dispatch 503-287-8861
  • We now are on their weekly calendar for Wednesday am. 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 leave a message after hours.
  • contact for sales: Dave Grill 503-680-7150
  • Lead time: minimum 1 day, 2 days is better
  • What: CBM, printer scrap, hard drive chassis, cords and wire


  • http://www.hallmarkrefining.com/
  • CONTACT: John Senff / Bill
  • Toll Free: (800) 255-1895 ext 123( for sales related questions only)
  • Phone: 503-657-9918 ( to order pick ups)
  • 1016 Dale Lane
  • Mt. Vernon, WA 98273
  • LEAD TIME: 3-4 business days at least
  • CAPACITY: Whatever we have
  • WHAT: Processors, hard drive controller cards, circuit boards, RAM

Total Reclaim

  • http://totalreclaim.com/ (email contact is andys at ...).
  • BUT our weekly dispatch email goes to janeth at ....
  • CONTACT: Andy Sloop
  • OFFICE PHONE: 503-281-1899
  • Cell 503-348-7562
  • Fax 503-281-0623
  • LEAD TIME: 2 business days
  • Capacity: 12 monitor gaylords, no more than 10 plastic gaylords
  • WHAT: Monitors, Plastic, TVs, Fluorescent and incandescent light bulbs (Free Geek generated)
  • Total Reclaim/EcoLights NW
  • P.O. Box 30176
  • Portland, OR 97294

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: Brannon Yeldell, brannony at wastecon___tions.com (fill in the blanks in the email...but don't post it in the wiki!)
  • WHAT: Trash, cardboard, paper, glass

They will be picked up once a week but this can change if we request it.

IMS Recycling


  • http://www.recellular.net/home/home.asp
  • CONTACT: Kim Lula (734) 205-2136
  • WHAT: Cell phones, cell phone batteries, cell phone chargers.
  • WHAT NOT: Cordless phones, other phones, non-cell batteries or chargers.
  • CAPACITY: They send us FedEX labels on demand and someone takes the boxen to Kinko's


(Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation)

  • http://www.rbrc.org/call2recycle/
  • Contact: Sean (Western Recycling Manager) (949) 215 - 4620
  • 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
  • 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. By calling Sean before we actually ship, we don't have to worry about payments.

Batteries NW

  • 2725 Portland Rd NE Salem,OR 97301
  • contact: David Fitts (Sales Rep) (503)932-7579
  • What: UPS batteries
  • What not: other batteries
  • To schedule a pick up call David and let him know approximate number of batteries.

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: Rory Greenfield -- greenfieldr at m__ro.dst.or.us (fill in the blanks in the email...but don't post it in the wiki!)
  • CAPACITY: Small bucketloads
  • WHAT: Batteries = Sorted, all kinds, except RBRC eligible rechargeable batteries
  • HOW: The rules for dropping off batteries at the Metro Hazardous Waste site have changed:

We now need to fill out an inventory sheet (located inside the Metro folder in Liane's file cabinet), call Metro and make an appointment, 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.


Denton Plastics

Bear eCycling

GreenWall Industries

  • CONTACT: Michael Wall
  • PHONE: 503-256-0942 (cell 503-381-5162)
  • EMAIL: mike at gr___wa__industries
  • LEAD TIME: 2 business days
  • WHAT: nothing at this time

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