December 13, 2011

What You Need to Know about the Illinois Landfill Ban on Electronics

As the new year approaches, several sections of Illinois State Law SB2106 (PA 97-0287), which went into effect in August of 2011, will be enforced. Starting January 1, 2012, consumers will need to be aware of how to properly dispose of electronics. Here is a brief look at the section of the law that will directly affect consumers:

Electronics owners will be affected by an electronic landfill ban that will require them to responsibly dispose of electronics. The law states that as of January 1, 2012, electronics owners will not be permitted to knowingly cause or allow electronic waste to mix with municipal waste intended for landfill disposal, or for burning or incineration. Additionally, electronic waste can not be burned, incinerated, or placed in a sanitary landfill.

The electronics included under this law are the following:

  • Televisions
  • Electronic Keyboards
  • Video Game Consoles
  • Digital Converter Boxes
  • Monitors
  • Facsimile Machines
  • Electronic Mice
  • Videocassette Recorders
  • Printers
  • Scanners
  • Small Scale Servers
  • Portable Digital Music Players
  • Cable Receivers
  • Satellite Receivers
  • Computers
  • Digital Video Disc Recorders

This law will help the environment by preventing harmful toxins from mixing with landfill waste. Yet, it may leave many wondering how and where they can responsibly dispose of their electronics. For this, we at Vintage Tech provide free electronics recycling drop-off locations that operate regularly throughout the state of Illinois. To find the location nearest to you, please visit our website.

More information on the Illinois Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse act can be found at the Illinois General Assembly’s website.