Electronics Recycling

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Under the Illinois Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act, as of January 1, 2012, it is no longer legal for residents to dispose of unwanted electronics in their regular trash. This new Act will include individual citizens in the effort to keep electronics, which contain a variety of potentially toxic contaminants, such as lead, mercury, and PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), out of the State’s 48 active landfills. As of January 1, 2012, the following electronics will not be accepted by MDC Environmental Services, Inc.: 

- Computers
- Video game consoles
- Computer monitors
- Electronic mice
- Printers
- Scanners
- Televisions
- Digital converter boxes
- Electronic keyboards
- Cable receivers
- Fax machines
- Satellite receivers
- Videocassette recorders
- Digital video disc recorders
- Portable digital music players
- Small scale servers
- Digital video disc players

In this new Act, manufacturers and retailers will have greater responsibility. Manufacturers of covered electronics will be responsible for collecting and refurbishing or recycling a percentage of the weight of products they sold in Illinois two years earlier. The manufacturers must report the weight of electronics sold under the manufacturers’ brand names. Manufacturers with products for sale in Illinois must register with the State and list their brands for sale. They must also ensure that they use only recyclers and refurbishers who have registered with the State.

Retailers will be responsible for providing consumers with end-of-product-life information and guidance from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) website on where and how a consumer can recycle electronics. Recyclers and refurbishers must also register with the State and comply with regulations related to the handling, processing, refurbishing and recycling of residential electronics and the safeguarding of environmental and occupational health and safety.

For more information regarding the compliance of this Act, residents may contact MDC Environmental Services, Inc. at 815-568-7274. Also, for a list of registered residential e-waste collection sites, please visit the IEPA’s website at http://epadata.epa.state.il.us/land/eWaste/collection-sites.asp

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