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September 28, 2012

The Jackson County Health Department

 

The Jackson County Health Department has been taking part in electronics recycling for 10 years, according to a news release from the department.

 

The year-long collection program collected 73,000 pounds of unwanted electronics during its first year. More than and 800,000 pounds will be collected by the end of 2012. The department estimates about 3 million pounds of electronics have been recycled.

The amount of electronics collected has increased since state law prohibited Illinois landfills from accepting various types of household electronics and requiring manufacturers to help pay for recycling of products.

The program was made possible through a partnership with the Southern Recycling Center in Carbondale and funding from the Jackson County Board solid waste fund. The items are shipped to Vintage Tech Recyclers. It has won awards from the Illinois Recycling Association and the Illinois Lieutenant Governor’s Office.

For more information on recycling efforts, call 618-684-3143 , ext. 128, or visit the Jackson County Health Department’s recycling website.