Legislation sponsored by State Senator and Majority Caucus Whip Susan Garrett (D-Lake Forest) that will help increase the recycling rate of discarded electronics was signed August 10 by Governor Quinn.
Changes to the Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act include expanding the list of available recyclables, instituting a grant program for county officials to inform residents of recycling opportunities, and increasing fines on manufacturers who fail to meet recycling goals.
Prior to this legislation, only computers, computer monitors, televisions and printers were prohibited from being disposed of in a landfill. Products now included in this category include electronic keyboards, facsimile machines, videocassette recorders, portable digital music players, digital video disc players, video game consoles, electronic mice, scanners, digital converter boxes, cable or satellite receivers, digital video disc recorders, and small scale servers. Expanding the list of available recyclables will enable Illinois’ residents to recycle items that until recently would have ended up in a landfill.
“I have worked with Governor Quinn to make recycling of e-waste a top environmental priority for the state,” Garrett said. “Senate Bill 2106 will increase the amount of e-waste that is recycled, reducing the amount of trash in landfills as well as protecting the environment and human health.
“Far too often, I have heard stories from constituents who have had a tough time locating an electronic recycling center as well as knowing what items a certain center accepts,” Garrett added. “Included in this legislation is a yearly grant program that allocates $2,000 to the recycling coordinator of every Illinois county. This grant money will be used to inform residents of local recycling opportunities, ensuring all Illinoisans’ have
information necessary to recycle their e-waste.”