Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful reminds Illinois residents that the Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act becomes fully effective as of January 2012.
The state has amended the 2008 Act, which bans e-waste from landfills. The original definition of e-waste includes computers, monitors, televisions printers. In addition to that list, the new law also bans trash pick-up for keyboards, portable music devices, scanners, video game consoles and other electronic items.
Lori Gummow, the executive director of Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful, explained in a Dec. 6 press release “The harmful toxins in these devices are harmful to our air and water. Many of these items can be repurposed for reuse; it is important to remember that it is irresponsible to simply dump them into our landfills.”
Illinois is set to become a leader in the U.S. in terms of recycling goals, with an increase from 28 to 50 million pounds of waste in 2012.
In addition to residential responsibilities to keep electronic items out of the state’s trash, manufacturers will also be required to recycle 40 percent of the weight of items they sell.
Penalties for those violating recycling laws have also gone up. Violators will now face criminal felony charges, with fines raised from $5,000 to $25,000.
The group offers recycling of various materials at its Roscoe Recycling Center, which is open Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon (weather permitting).
For more information, contact Trish Cielesz at 815-637-1343.