As of January 1, 2012, local waste haulers no longer accept 17 categories of electronic items listed below with your regular trash collection, as these have been banned from Illinois landfills. For more information on the state ban, visit http://www.epa.state.il.us.
Electronic Items Banned from Illinois Landfills:
- Portable digital music players
- Video game consoles
- Small scale servers
- Electronic keyboards
- Facsimile (fax) machines
- Electronic mice
- Videocassette recorders (VCRs)
- Digital converter boxes
- Computers (laptops, notebooks, netbooks, tablets)
Many electronic products contain toxic lead, mercury, cadmium, and other materials that pose environmental and health risks that must be managed. Many electronic items contain metals, plastics, or leaded glass that can be recycled into basic commodities or products, and then re-marketed for re-use. The re-use of these components conserves natural resources and energy, and contributes to reduced air and water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
Currently there are challenges to the statewide electronics recycling legislation. An article from The Daily Herald sums up the statewide issue here.
Local governments have compiled a listing of local retailers, recyclers and non-profit organizations that will accept electronic devices for recycling or reuse. See Where Do I Recycle It?
Multifamily property owners and commercial businesses must secure a contract with a registered electronics recycler to collect electronics. Please see a list of registered recyclers here.