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New laws mandate recycling of old electronics

January 16, 2012

Getting rid of that old computer isn't so easy anymore but the extra effort will promote a green environment.

More and more states are passing laws prohibiting consumers and businesses from throwing their old electronics in the garbage. They should, instead, recycle them.

Illinois is the latest state to pass such a ban, joining 24 other states with varying laws. The Illinois law requires manufacturers to pay the cost of recycling and residents using drop-off sites will not be charged.

The Illinois law includes items such as TVs, electronic keyboards, video game consoles, digital converter boxes, monitors, fax machines, electronic mice, VCRs, cable and satellite receivers, computers and DVD players. Dentists are reminded to remove or wipe their hard drives before recycling, as there could be sensitive or personal information on them.

To find out if your state has an ecyclinglaw, visit www.electronicsrecycling.org and select the "Laws" tab.