by Lynn Meredith
ELBURN—Did you get a new TV for Christmas? Are you ready to throw out the old computer? You will have to find other ways to get rid of these outdated products, according to a new law.
Effective Jan. 1, a new phase of the Electronic Products Recyling and Reuse Act went into effect. It establishes a landfill ban on 17 electronic products. Things like TVs, monitors, electronic keyboards, cable receivers and printers will no longer be collected with the regular trash.
At the regular Village Board meeting on Tuesday, Trustee Jeff Walter raised the question about how to get rid of electronic products if Waste Management could no longer pick them up.
According to the law, electronics must now be taken to a registered recycler where they will be disposed of in a way that does not waste the valuable resources of our landfills and potentially contaminate groundwater, as under the old system of dumping in landfills.
The village is checking with Waste Management to see if other arrangements are available, perhaps for a fee. Otherwise, Kane County has three locations that routinely collect electronic equipment. With the economy the way it is, people might be willing to reuse.
“You can probably put it out at the trash, and these days, somebody will take it,” Dave Anderson said.
For more information, visit www.countyofkane.org under R for Recycling or contact Jennifer Jarland, Kane County’s Recycling Coordinator at email@example.com or (630) 208-3841.
Drop-off locations to recycle electronics in Kane County
Kane County monthly electronics and book recycling collection event:
540 S. Randall Road,
2nd Saturday of each month,
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Batavia Public Works Department electronics drop-off
200 N. Raddant Road, Batavia
Monday through Friday,
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
ReStore Electronics recycling drop-off
800 N State Street,
Wed-Fri, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
Sat, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.