Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation today that will require more recycling of electronic products, increase recycling goals for Illinois’ manufacturers and strengthen penalties for those who do not follow the law.

“This law will keep reusable materials from filling our landfills, and it will help us put people to work giving those materials new uses,” Quinn said in a statement.

Senate Bill 2106, sponsored by Sen. Susan Garrett of Lake Forest and Rep. Daniel Biss of Evanston, expands the types of electronic products subject to the state’s landfill ban.

Current law requires computer monitors, televisions and printers to be diverted from landfills. Under the new law, the list of items required to be recycled is expanded to include keyboards, portable music devices, scanners, videocassette recorders, video game consoles and more.

“This bill not only prevents toxic substances from entering into the ground,” said Biss, “but it 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.”

The new law also increases recycling goals for Illinois manufacturers. For example, in 2012 manufacturers will be required to recycle 40 percent of the products they sold in 2010.

According to the Environmental Law and Policy Center, the new goals mean that statewide e-recycling will increase from 28 million pounds in 2011 to over 50 million pounds in 2012. The dramatic increase in recycling efforts is expected to create jobs for Illinois residents.

The fine for violations of the new law will increase $1,000 to $7,000. It also gives the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency greater regulatory authority for violations of the act.

The bill also requires manufacturers to maintain consumer education programs designed to inform customers of proper disposal policies for electronic products. The new law takes effect immediately.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Where are the drop offs?

    Great! Only open question then is where can I droop off my electronic junk without being charged?

  2. before – paper and plastic, now – even electronic gadgets

    Making time to get things in order at home or at work shows that you value tidiness and productivity. Aside from that, you get clear out the items that you no longer need – which can be reused, recycled, shredded (an example would be shredding Houston) or donated such as paper or old electronic gadgets.  You do not have to but new items thinking that you have lost your gadgets or other personal stuff because of the clutter. In this way, you are not only making your living/working space cozy but you are also practicing practicality in the process. Getting things organize, reusing and recycling are just some of the things that you can do to become even more productive at home or at work. Paper, plastic and electronic gadgets should not be wasted and if want to purchase new items – we should dispose of our old newspapers, mail, cell phones, computer hard drives and so on… properly.




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