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January 3, 2012

E-Waste Banned from Landfills in 2012

 

Beginning on January 1, 2012, the Illinois Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act bans certain types of electronics from being disposed in of Illinois landfills. These items include televisions, monitors, computers, laptops, electronic mice and many other common electronic items you may have in your home. A complete list of electronics that are banned from landfills is available online on the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s website at:

http://www.epa.state.il.us/land/electronic-waste-recycling/amendments.html

For residents, this means that items that certain electronic Waste Management would normally have collected as part of the residential collection program will no longer be accepted. Accordingly, the Village of Algonquin has expanded its e-waste recycling program to offer two events annually. These events offer residents the opportunity to recycle electronics at no charge.

Continuing the Village’s partnership with Vintage Tech Recyclers, the first event in 2012 will be held on May 5 at the Public Works Facility, 110 Meyer Drive. More information on this event will be available in the spring. Additionally, the Village will host another e-waste recycling event in October as part of the Fall Cleanup and Recycling Drop-Off event. Residents are encouraged to plan accordingly and take advantage of these events at no charge.

Both Kane and McHenry Counties also offer e-waste recycling events throughout the year, as do various electronic retail stores. Please check directly with these agencies and stores for details.