Cell phone recycling changes Illinois and electronics waste disposal practices in the state as part of the implementation of a 2008 recycling law.
The State of Illinois is set to change cell phone recycling and electronics waste disposal practices within the state as part of the implementation of a recycling law that took effect in 2008.
Beginning Jan 1, 2012, residents may no longer dispose of their used cell phones and other electronic at the curbsides. It will also be illegal for landfills within the state to accept any of these products, according to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.
The change is part of the Illinois Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act which was signed into law in 2008. The law covers electronic items such as old cell phones, fax machines, computers, laptops, keyboards, scanners and other electronic products. Electronic manufacturers who sell their products within the state are also mandated to establish take-back and recycling programs to properly dispose of these products when they are discarded.
The Illinois electronics recycling law was passed after a 2007 study revealed that electronic products are one of the fastest growing segments of solid waste being collected and dumped in the state landfills. Out of three million tons of electronic products discarded that year, only 14 percent were recycled. Cell phones and other electronic products are a major source of heavy metal contaminants in landfills such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and arsenic.
The Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Recycling Center off Highway 251 in Roscoe has an ongoing cell phone recycling program and is open to accept used cell phones for recycling every Saturday. Please call 815-637-1343 for more information. They will also be conducting an electronics collection drive in May.
Residents can also bring their junk electronic products to state-certified electronics recycler Behr Iron and Metal. Sites include Behr South Beloit; 201 Wheeler Ave.; Behr Recycling, 8409 N. Second St., Machesney Park; and Behr Rockford, 1100 Seminary St., Rockford.
Pacebutler Cell Phone Recycling Program
You may also send your old cell phones (non-working) for recycling and proper disposal to Pacebutler.
For those who want sell old cell phones (working only) for some extra cash during the holidays, you can see our purchase price list for different cell phone models here. You can create and print your prepaid label for free shipping, send the phone to us, and wait for your check in the mails. Checks are usually issued within 4 business days after Pacebutler received your cell phones.
As an alternative to cell phone recycling, you can also donate cell phones to your favorite charity like the Salvation Army, Leukemia Society, and the American Cancer Society through Pacebutler.