Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful to start charging to recycle certain items

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — If you planned on recycling an old electronic, it could cost you up to $25.

“The fee will be for projection televisions and those that are in the wood cases,” Beverly Broyles, with Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful says. “There are still televisions out there that are in consoles.”

Laptops, printers and keyboards are still free to recycle. But, larger items like monitors and certain TV’s are not. It’s because of a new Illinois law approved back in 2017.

Republican State Senator Pamela Althoff, a sponsor of the bill, says the new law adds more responsibility to collection groups like Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful to properly package those items before sending them off. KNIB says in order to do that, it needs money.

“There will be a fee because our costs have increased because of the way in which we have to package and prepare televisions and monitors,” Broyles says.

The city of Rockford says it’s also feeling the pinch from some of those changes. The city used to send its recycled electronics to Wisconsin at a discounted rate. But, it says the new law means it can’t do that anymore.

“With that program expiring and the new consumer electronics recycling and reuse act kicking in, we can no longer take advantage of that rate with our private vendor and would allow for our costs to be doubled,” Rob Wilhelmi, the neighborhood standard supervisor for the city says.

We asked if KNIB is worried people won’t recycle these items if they have to pay for it, but organizers say they don’t see that being a problem. They do worry this change could have an impact on it financially.

“I’m sure some of the donations will be fewer now because of the fact that they’re willing to implement a fee,” Broyles says.

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful says it will start charging people for those electronics tomorrow.

Andi TenBarge

Andi TenBarge

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