Thursday, February 4, 2010

Illinois Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has notified computer, television and printer manufacturing companies doing business in Illinois of statewide collection and recycling requirements as they implement recycling programs for excess electronic waste (e-waste). The Illinois Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act requires electronic manufacturers and retailers to properly manage discarded and unwanted electronic products, if they sell their products in the state. They must establish a system for recycling and/or reusing computers, monitors, televisions and printers discarded from residences. Beginning January 1, 2012, computers, monitors, televisions and printers will be banned from landfill disposal.

Each year, the Illinois EPA sets a statewide goal for the amount of e-waste that must be recycled and then allocates that goal among electronics manufacturers based on various formulas included in the Act. The statewide recycling goal for 2010 is 31 million pounds of e-waste. Manufacturers are required to pay for e-waste recycling and/or refurbishment up to the amount of their annual goal.

The law does not specify methods for manufacturers to meet these obligations, allowing a free market approach to determine over time the most cost-effective means of annual goal achievement.

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