Apple Recycling (Washington)

Jason Koebler filed this request with the Department of Ecology of Washington.


From: Jason Koebler

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to RCW Ch. 42.56 (Public Records Act), I hereby request the following records:

Independent recycling plan proposals for Apple, Inc. for 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 (if available), as well as documents showing the company’s return share and documents that show Apple's compliance with Washington's e-cycling program. Any documents that list the specific e-waste recycling centers used by Apple to fulfill its manufacturer e-cycling obligations as well as the quantity and type of electronics that were recycled on Apple’s behalf.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. They will be used in the course of reporting for Motherboard, VICE's science and technology website (

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request, and I ask that this be processed under the "media" fee category. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.


Jason Koebler

From: ECY RE Public Records Officer (ADMIN)

Dear Jason,

I have received your request. I am forwarding your request to Suzanne LaVoie in the Waste 2 Resources Program.

Susanne - Please process this request.

Casey Swenson
Public Disclosure Search Specialist
Department of Ecology
Ph: 360-407-6116

From: McLemore, Susanne (ECY)

Dear Jason:

The Washington State Department of Ecology received your request for public records on September 29, 2016. All identifiable records responsive to your request will be provided to you pursuant to RCW 42.56.120. I will be your point of contact for this request.

I will check with staff to find out if they have responsive records, and if so, when they will be available. Our turnaround time is usually one to two weeks. For more information about our process and copy fees, view it online at: .

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact me.


Susanne McLemore

Program Assistant
Waste 2 Resources Program
Washington Department of Ecology

From: McLemore, Susanne (ECY)

Hi, Jason. We had to wait for data to be transferred from a recent retiree to his supervisor so she could search for any responsive records. I hope to have a complete response to your request by mid next week. Thank you for your patience, and have a great morning.


From: McLemore, Susanne (ECY)

Hi, Jason. Attached are the only records we have related to your September 29, 2016 public disclosure request. However, Christine Haun, Environmental Specialist, provided me with the following additional information:

“The Washington Materials Management & Financing Authority (WMMFA) has allowed Apple to use a “Flex Plan.” We don’t receive documents or information on Apple’s individual work with WMMFA. And to the best of my knowledge, they haven’t submitted an independent plan at any time to Ecology. For more information on ‘Flex Plans,’ you can contact John Friedrick with WMMFA at (855) 674-5871.

We stopped using return share last year, but historical information can be found at This link also shows Apple’s compliance status,

There is no specific data on the quantity and type of electronics recycled on Apple’s behalf. This request may be relevant to information pertaining to a “Flex Plan.” Data on product type and collection amount for the entirety of the program can be found at”

I hope you find this information helpful. If you have any questions about this information, please contact Christine Haun at (360) 407-6107. This completes the Waste 2 Resources Headquarters Office response to your request.


Susanne McLemore
Program Assistant
Waste 2 Resources Program
Washington Department of Ecology