Illinois e-waste recycling and refurbishment phase-in continues in
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[February 02, 2010]
SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois Environmental
Protection Agency Director Doug Scott has notified computer,
television and printer manufacturing companies doing business in
Illinois of advancements in requirements as they implement recycling
programs for excess electronic waste, or e-waste.
The law requires electronics manufacturers and retailers to properly
manage discarded and unwanted electronic products, should they wish
to sell their products in the state. They must establish a system
for recycling or reusing computers, monitors, televisions and
printers discarded from residences.
Electronic products are among
the fastest growing portion of the solid waste stream in Illinois.
This law and all phases of it are intended to increase the
recycling rate, as contents including lead, mercury, cadmium and
other materials pose health and environmental risks for Illinois
Beginning Jan. 1, 2012, computers, monitors, televisions and
printers will be banned from landfill disposal.
"This program is not only beneficial to the residents of
Illinois, but it offers a firm solution to resolving a number of
waste management problems caused by electronic waste in Illinois,"
Scott said. "This act demonstrates our commitment to improve waste
management throughout the state."
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Each year, the Illinois EPA sets a statewide goal for the amount of
e-waste that must be recycled and then allocates that goal among
electronics manufacturers, based on various formulas included in the
act. The statewide recycling goal for 2010 is 31 million pounds of
e-waste. Manufacturers are required to pay for e-waste recycling or
refurbishment up to the amount of their annual goal.
The law does not specify methods for manufacturers to meet these
obligations, believing that the free-market approach will determine
over time the most cost-effective means of annual goal achievement.
The Illinois EPA has compiled a
list of e-waste collectors that Illinois residents can contact
regarding recycling, either at no charge or in exchange for a
dollar-for-dollar coupon that can be used to reduce the cost of new
equipment. This page can be accessed through the
Illinois EPA Web site and
navigating through the Bureau of Land's "Electronic
Waste Recycling" tab.
Environmental Protection Agency
from file received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]