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December 6, 2011

Will County Reminds Residents of Change in Illinois Electronics Recycling Laws Effective Jan. 1, 2012

By Anastasia Tuskey

The Will County Land Use Department wants to remind all residents that effective Jan. 1, 2012, a number of personal electronic items will not be accepted into any Illinois landfills. This is in accordance with a new Illinois State Law SB2106 (P.A. 97-0287) which went into effect August 2011 that has drastically limited the types of items that can be disposed in landfills.

 

Marta Keane, Will County recycling specialist, co-chaired the Illinois Recycling Association’s E-Scrap Task Force which played a large role in advancing this new legislation. The association’s focus is on creating convenient methods of recycling and educating the public about the importance of keeping recyclables out of the waste stream, said Keane.

 

“I have been involved with electronic recycling since 1996 and was honored to be part of the group dedicated to updating the 2009 law,” Keane said. “I am very pleased this new law expands the list of electronic items that cannot be accepted into Illinois landfills.”

 

Will County has been proactive in preparing for this ban by working with municipalities and townships since 2007 to offer permanent electronic recycling drop-off sites across the county for the convenience of residents. The county currently operates 13 permanent electronic recycling sites and works closely with Vintage Tech Recyclers in Romeoville to provide this service at no cost to taxpayers.

 

This public-private partnership between Will County and Vintage Tech is the first of its kind in the state of Illinois that allows for FREE front door pick-up of electronic recycling items. This program was made possible by the innovative arrangements that Vintage Tech has made with industry manufacturers and has no added cost to local taxpayers.

 

“We want to make it as easy as possible for our residents to safely and responsibly recycle their unwanted electronics,” said Will County Executive Larry Walsh. “This free pickup service is a great example of Will County’s success in creating public/private partnerships using innovative funding mechanisms. I am pleased to partner with Karrie Gibson and Vintage Tech Recyclers in such forward thinking efforts that serve our residents.”

 

“I also applaud Marta and Dean Olson (manager of the Resource Recovery and Energy Division) for their efforts,” Walsh said. “Their dedication and vision have been a driving force in establishing permanent recycling sites across the county.”

 

The following items will be banned from landfills in accordance with the new law beginning Jan. 1, 2012:
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 (including desktop /notebook/net- book/tablet)
Digital Video Disc Recorders

For more information about Will County’s electronic recycling sites visit the website: www.willcountygreen.com. For more information about the residential electronic recycling pickup program through Vintage Tech Recyclers, visit the website: www.vintagetechrecyclers.com.