Illinois Governor Rauner Signs Electronics Recycling Bill
The state's electronics recycling efforts will change after Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation addressing shortfalls in the program.
The governor's office says the previous law put too much burden on local governments and the new legislation will provide time to develop new regulations. The (Joliet) Herald-News reports that the bill seeks to save underfunded electronics recycling program statewide that have been jeopardized as demand for services continues to grow.
Dean Olson of Will County's Resource Recovery and Energy Division says the bill is a temporary but critical solution. He says it will save programs across the state from shutting down due to a lack of funding.
Marta Keane, the county's recycling program specialist, says the legislation increases the amount of items electronic manufacturers have to pay to recycle annually.