SPRINGFIELD -- A ban on disposing old computers and other electronics in the trash takes effect Jan. 1 in Illinois.
Illinois residents will be required to take electronic devices to a registered recycler. The ban is part of a law that took effect in 2008 requiring manufacturers to start recycling programs for discarded and unwanted electric products. The new phase of the law applies to consumers.
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The goal is to keep metals that could threaten groundwater out of landfills and to reduce the need to mine new metals.
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency maintains a list of registered collectors where consumers can take old electronics, including computers, monitors, electronic keyboards, scanners, fax machines. The list is available on the EPA's website.