Illinois Passes E-Waste Legislation

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has signed legislation that requires electronics manufactures to collect, recycle or reuse their products. Senate Bill 2313 requires manufacturers to provide free collection services to consumers, yet allows them to partner with retailers and local governments to sponsor collection events.

“Two years ago, I called on President Bush to do the right things and develop a national solution to all of the electronics being thrown out and contaminating our environment and putting public health at risk after a report from The National Safety Council predicted there would soon be more than 300 million obsolete computers in the nation,” Blagojevich said, in a press release. “Yet, two years later, the Bush administration has failed to develop a comprehensive electronic waste collection and recycling system, so we have taken action on a state level.”