A new law in Illinois passed earlier this month revamps the state’s policy on electronics recycling, requiring more electronic products to be recycled, upping recycling goals for manufacturers within the state and enacting more stringent penalties for those who do not comply. It also adds to the preexisting list of recyclable electronics that will be banned from landfills, including keyboards, videocassette recorders, video game consoles and more.
By 2012, manufacturers will have to recycle 40% of the products sold in 2010. Currently, 28 million pounds of e-waste are recycled in Illinois, and with the passing of the bill, that amount is expected to grow to 50 million pounds. As an added bonus, increased recycling activity may result in job creation for residents of Illinois. Manufacturers are also required to provide educative material for consumers, so that the public can learn about the safe and proper disposal of electronic waste.
Finally, the fines for non-compliance went up considerably, from $1,000 to $7,000, with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency allowed more authority over cases of violation. Another law recently enacted also makes the charges for criminal electronics disposal violation stiffer.
Governor Quinn and the state’s Environmental Protection Agency hope that these laws will cut down on e-waste and create a healthier environment. “This law will keep reusable materials from filling our landfills, and it will help us put people to work giving those materials new uses,” Governor Quinn said. “Today’s action reinforces our commitment to a green Illinois that continues to be a leader in protecting the environment.”