Illinois reports recycling numbers

Illinois reports recycling numbers

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

In 2012, electronics manufacturers in Illinois recycled over 42 million pounds of their used products under requirements established by the state's e-scrap law.

The numbers for the first year of the program show that 76 manufacturers exceeded the statewide recycling goal set by the Illinois Products Recycling and Reuse Act by 3 million pounds. Manufacturers covered by the law were assigned a recycling goal and had to submit the amounts they collected in 2012 by Jan. 31, 2013. Thirty-four of the companies used parts of the law that allowed them to adjust their required collection target by colleting in underserved counties, refurbishing products for their original intention or donating to an educational institution.

Hewlett-Packard collected the most of any manufacturer, bringing in 6 million pounds. Samsung came in second at 5 million pounds, followed by Best Buy at 4 million pounds.

However, some companies failed to submit their reports for 2012, including D&M Holdings; Tongfang Global, Inc.; Venturer Electronics, Inc.; and Wyse Technology.

A handful of companies also failed to meet their recycling goals, including Bose Corporation; Fujitsu America, Inc.; Motion Computing, Inc.; Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc.; Vizio, Inc.

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