Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (D) has reportedly signed legislation (S.B. 2106) expanding the list of devices that must be diverted from landfills under the state’s electronic waste recycling statute. The statute previously included only “computers, computer monitors, televisions, and printers.”
Amending the Illinois Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act, the new legislation expands the statute’s definition of “covered electronic device” to include “electronic keyboard, facsimile machine, videocassette recorder, portable digital music player that has memory capability and is battery powered, digital video disc player, video game console, electronic mouse, scanner, digital converter box, cable receiver, satellite receiver, digital video disc recorder, or small-scale server sold at retail and taken out of service from a residence in this State.”
The law also increases fines under the recycling statute from $1,000 to $7,000 per violation and gives the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency authority over alleged violations. See BNA Daily Environment Report, August 25, 2011.