SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) passed Senate Bill 2106 out of the House today, a bill that amends the Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act.

The bill, sponsored by Senator Susan Garrett in the Senate, requires manufacturers to arrange for the safe recycling of discarded electronics.

Senate Bill 2106 brings Illinois in line with other states that have strong E-waste recycling laws by mandating manufacturers to provide for the recycling of their products.

The bill clarifies and increases the amount of electronic waste that manufacturers must recycle, which will limit the amount of toxic chemicals that end up in landfills.

“Electronic waste products contain carcinogens and neurotoxins such as mercury and lead, chemicals which are extremely dangerous to personal and environmental health,” Biss said. “While the Act already bans these toxic materials from landfills starting in 2012, Senate Bill 2106 provides opportunities for consumers to safely recycle these items.”

Additionally, SB2106 provides small grants to counties to allow them to educate consumers about which items to recycle and where they can bring their old electronics.

“This bill not only prevents toxic substances from entering into the ground,” said Biss, “but also encourages the continued rapid growth of the E-recycling industry, supporting small businesses around the state that have created thousands of new jobs in recent years.”

For more information, contact Representative Biss’s District office at (847) 568-1250 or repbiss@gmail.com.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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