(415 ILCS 150/50)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
Recycler and refurbisher registration.
(a) Prior to January 1 of each program year, through program year 2018, each recycler and refurbisher must register with the Agency and submit a registration fee pursuant to subsection (b) for that program year. Registration must be on forms and in a format prescribed by the Agency and shall include, but not be limited to, the address of each location where the recycler or refurbisher manages CEDs or EEDs and identification of each location at which the recycler or refurbisher accepts CEDs or EEDs from a residence.
(b) The registration fee for program year 2010 is $2,000. For program year 2011, if a recycler's or refurbisher's annual combined total weight of CEDs and EEDs is less than 1,000 tons per year, the registration fee shall be $500. For program year 2012 and for all subsequent program years, through program year 2018, both registration fees shall be increased each year by an inflation factor determined by the annual Implicit Price Deflator for Gross National Product as published by the U.S. Department of Commerce in its Survey of Current Business. The inflation factor must be calculated each year by dividing the latest published annual Implicit Price Deflator for Gross National Product by the annual Implicit Price Deflator for Gross National Product for the previous year. The inflation factor must be rounded to the nearest 1/100th, and the resulting registration fee must be rounded to the nearest whole dollar. No later than October 1 of each program year, through October 1, 2017, the Agency shall post on its website the registration fee for the next program year.
(c) Through program year 2018, no person may act as a recycler or a refurbisher of CEDs for a manufacturer obligated to meet goals under this Act unless the recycler or refurbisher is registered with the Agency and has paid the registration fee as required under this Section. Beginning in program year 2016, and through program year 2018, all recycling or refurbishing facilities used by collectors of CEDs and EEDs shall be accredited by the Responsible Recycling (R2) Practices or e-Stewards certification programs or any other equivalent certification programs recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Accreditation is not required for facilities that place cathode ray tube (CRT) glass in storage cells for future retrieval in accordance with subsection (d) of Section 15 of this Act. Manufacturers of CEDs and EEDs shall ensure that recycling or refurbishing facilities used as part of their recovery programs meet this requirement. Any organization that accredits facilities pursuant to this Section is prohibited from penalizing or taking other negative actions against any recycler, refurbisher, or collector of CEDs and EEDs based on the recycler's, refurbisher's, or collector's use of a facility that places CRT glass in storage cells for future retrieval in accordance with subsection (d) of Section 15 of this Act.
(c-5) Through program year 2018, a registered recycler or refurbisher of CEDs and EEDs for a manufacturer obligated to meet goals under this Act may not charge individual consumers or units of local government acting as collectors a fee to recycle or refurbish CEDs and EEDs, unless the recycler or refurbisher provides (i) a financial incentive, such as a coupon, that is of greater or equal value to the fee being charged or (ii) premium service, such as curbside collection, home pick-up, or similar methods of collection. Local units of government serving as collectors of CEDs and EEDs shall not charge a manufacturer for collection costs and shall offer the manufacturer or its representative all CEDs and EEDs collected by the local government at no cost. Nothing in this Act requires a local unit of government to serve as a collector.
(c-10) Nothing in this Act prohibits any waste hauler from entering into a contractual agreement with a unit of local government to establish a collection program for the recycling or reuse of CEDs or EEDs, including services such as curbside collection, home pick-up, drop-off locations, or similar methods of collection.
(d) Through program year 2018, recyclers and refurbishers must, at a minimum, comply with all of the following:
(1) Recyclers and refurbishers must comply with
federal, State, and local laws and regulations, including federal and State minimum wage laws, specifically relevant to the handling, processing, refurbishing and recycling of residential CEDs and must have proper authorization by all appropriate governing authorities to perform the handling, processing, refurbishment, and recycling.
(2) Recyclers and refurbishers must implement the
appropriate measures to safeguard occupational and environmental health and safety, through the following:
(A) environmental health and safety training of
personnel, including training with regard to material and equipment handling, worker exposure, controlling releases, and safety and emergency procedures;
(B) an up-to-date, written plan for the
identification and management of hazardous materials; and
(C) an up-to-date, written plan for reporting and
responding to exceptional pollutant releases, including emergencies such as accidents, spills, fires, and explosions.
(3) Recyclers and refurbishers must maintain (i)
commercial general liability insurance or the equivalent corporate guarantee for accidents and other emergencies with limits of not less than $1,000,000 per occurrence and $1,000,000 aggregate and (ii) pollution legal liability insurance with limits not less than $1,000,000 per occurrence for companies engaged solely in the dismantling activities and $5,000,000 per occurrence for companies engaged in recycling.
(4) Recyclers and refurbishers must maintain on file
documentation that demonstrates the completion of an environmental health and safety audit completed and certified by a competent internal and external auditor annually. A competent auditor is an individual who, through professional training or work experience, is appropriately qualified to evaluate the environmental health and safety conditions, practices, and procedures of the facility. Documentation of auditors' qualifications must be available for inspection by Agency officials and third-party auditors.
(5) Recyclers and refurbishers must maintain on file
proof of workers' compensation and employers' liability insurance.
(6) Recyclers and refurbishers must provide adequate
assurance (such as bonds or corporate guarantee) to cover environmental and other costs of the closure of the recycler or refurbisher's facility, including cleanup of stockpiled equipment and materials.
(7) Recyclers and refurbishers must apply due
diligence principles to the selection of facilities to which components and materials (such as plastics, metals, and circuit boards) from CEDs and EEDs are sent for reuse and recycling.
(8) Recyclers and refurbishers must establish a
documented environmental management system that is appropriate in level of detail and documentation to the scale and function of the facility, including documented regular self-audits or inspections of the recycler or refurbisher's environmental compliance at the facility.
(9) Recyclers and refurbishers must use the
appropriate equipment for the proper processing of incoming materials as well as controlling environmental releases to the environment. The dismantling operations and storage of CED and EED components that contain hazardous substances must be conducted indoors and over impervious floors. Storage areas must be adequate to hold all processed and unprocessed inventory. When heat is used to soften solder and when CED and EED components are shredded, operations must be designed to control indoor and outdoor hazardous air emissions.
(10) Recyclers and refurbishers must establish a
system for identifying and properly managing components (such as circuit boards, batteries, CRTs, and mercury phosphor lamps) that are removed from CEDs and EEDs during disassembly. Recyclers and refurbishers must properly manage all hazardous and other components requiring special handling from CEDs and EEDs consistent with federal, State, and local laws and regulations. Recyclers and refurbishers must provide visible tracking (such as hazardous waste manifests or bills of lading) of hazardous components and materials from the facility to the destination facilities and documentation (such as contracts) stating how the destination facility processes the materials received. No recycler or refurbisher may send, either directly or through intermediaries, hazardous wastes to solid waste (non-hazardous waste) landfills or to non-hazardous waste incinerators for disposal or energy recovery. For the purpose of these guidelines, smelting of hazardous wastes to recover metals for reuse in conformance with all applicable laws and regulations is not considered disposal or energy recovery.
(11) Recyclers and refurbishers must use a regularly
implemented and documented monitoring and record-keeping program that tracks inbound CED and EED material weights (total) and subsequent outbound weights (total to each destination), injury and illness rates, and compliance with applicable permit parameters including monitoring of effluents and emissions. Recyclers and refurbishers must maintain contracts or other documents, such as sales receipts, suitable to demonstrate: (i) the reasonable expectation that there is a downstream market or uses for designated electronics (which may include recycling or reclamation processes such as smelting to recover metals for reuse); and (ii) that any residuals from recycling or reclamation processes, or both, are properly handled and managed to maximize reuse and recycling of materials to the extent practical.
(12) Recyclers and refurbishers must comply with
federal and international law and agreements regarding the export of used products or materials. In the case of exports of CEDs and EEDs, recyclers and refurbishers must comply with applicable requirements of the U.S. and of the import and transit countries and must maintain proper business records documenting its compliance. No recycler or refurbisher may establish or use intermediaries for the purpose of circumventing these U.S. import and transit country requirements.
(13) Recyclers and refurbishers that conduct
transactions involving the transboundary shipment of used CEDs and EEDs shall use contracts (or the equivalent commercial arrangements) made in advance that detail the quantity and nature of the materials to be shipped. For the export of materials to a foreign country (directly or indirectly through downstream market contractors): (i) the shipment of intact televisions and computer monitors destined for reuse must include only whole products that are tested and certified as being in working order or requiring only minor repair (e.g. not requiring the replacement of circuit boards or CRTs), must be destined for reuse with respect to the original purpose, and the recipient must have verified a market for the sale or donation of such product for reuse; (ii) the shipments of CEDs and EEDs for material recovery must be prepared in a manner for recycling, including, without limitation, smelting where metals will be recovered, plastics recovery and glass-to-glass recycling; or (iii) the shipment of CEDs and EEDs are being exported to companies or facilities that are owned or controlled by the original equipment manufacturer.
(14) Recyclers and refurbishers must maintain the
following export records for each shipment on file for a minimum of 3 years: (i) the facility name and the address to which shipment is exported; (ii) the shipment contents and volumes; (iii) the intended use of contents by the destination facility; (iv) any specification required by the destination facility in relation to shipment contents; (v) an assurance that all shipments for export, as applicable to the CED manufacturer, are legal and satisfy all applicable laws of the destination country.
(15) Recyclers and refurbishers must employ
industry-accepted procedures for the destruction or sanitization of data on hard drives and other data storage devices. Acceptable guidelines for the destruction or sanitization of data are contained in the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Guidelines for Media Sanitation or those guidelines certified by the National Association for Information Destruction;
(16) No recycler or refurbisher may employ prison
labor in any operation related to the collection, transportation, recycling, and refurbishment of CEDs and EEDs. No recycler or refurbisher may employ any third party that uses or subcontracts for the use of prison labor.
(Source: P.A. 99-13, eff. 7-10-15; 100-433, eff. 8-25-17; 100-613, eff. 7-20-18.)