Electronic Products Recycling & Reuse Act
In 2012, Illinois overhauled the Electronic Products Recycling & Reuse Act to require even more items be recycled, raise the penalties for those found breaking the law and to increase the goals for manufacturers in the state. This means that companies are required to recycle 40% or more of products they sold two years prior. It also means that these companies are required to provide the public with consumer education programs and/or information on how to properly dispose of their electronic products.
For the average person, it means you can’t just toss e-waste into a dumpster or your garbage cans. You will be charged a $7,000 fine if caught. Instead, contact your township or city center and ask about e-waste recycling programs in your community. Also try earth911.com or EasyPak systems.
What Is E-Waste?
E-Waste is any electronic product at the end of its life. Most of these products can be reused, refurbished or recycled but end up hogging space in landfills and threatening the planet.
Why Is It Harmful?
Electronic scrap contain harmful materials such as lead, beryllium, cadmium, flame retardants and other materials that can breakdown and rise into the air or seep into groundwater.
What Does This Mean For Us?
This means the air, water and ground around us are contaminated and that we are exposed to dioxins, carcinogens, heavy metals that cause severe health problems and even death.
Examples Of E-Waste
Computers, televisions, portable music devices, stereos and CDs, fax machines, copiers, VCRs, scanners and video game consoles are a few key examples of electronics that are illegal to toss out in regular trash.
Remember, it doesn’t just hurt us. E-Waste can harm animals, their habitats and our ozone.
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