(415 ILCS 150/5)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
Findings and purpose.
(a) The General Assembly finds all of the following:
(1) Electronic products are the fastest growing
portion of the solid waste stream. In 2007, 3,000,000 tons of electronic products became obsolete yet only 14% of those products were recycled.
(2) Many electronic products contain lead, mercury,
cadmium, hexavalent chromium, and other materials that pose environmental and health risks that must be managed.
(3) Obsolete electronic products can be recycled or
refurbished for reuse and then returned to the economic mainstream in the form of raw materials or products.
(4) Electronic products contain metals, plastics,
glass, and other valuable materials that may be resold for reuse in new products. The reuse of these materials conserves natural resources and energy. The reuse of these materials also reduces water pollution and the air pollution associated with greenhouse gas emissions.
(5) The management of obsolete residential products
is necessary to prioritize the reuse and recycling of these products as the preferred management strategy over incineration and landfill disposal.
(6) The 2010 Recycling Economic Information Study
Update for Illinois estimates that the total economic impact of recycling and reusing obsolete electronic products resulted in the creation of nearly 8,000 jobs and $622 million in annual receipts.
(7) The State-appointed Computer Equipment Disposal
and Recycling Commission issued a final report in May 2006 recommending legislative, regulatory, or other actions to properly address the recycling and reuse of obsolete residential electronic products.
(b) The purpose of this Act is to set forth procedures by which the recycling and processing for reuse of covered electronic devices will be accomplished in Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 97-287, eff. 8-10-11