Illinois is ahead of the e-waste game, creating new recycling standards in 49 counties throughout the state and beating its electronics recycling program goal in the first year alone.

On January 1, 2012, Illinois enacted a statewide ban on disposing e-waste in landfills. This resulted in approximately 42 million pounds of electronic devices recycled in one year, beating the Illinois Products Recycling and Reuse Act by nearly 3 million pounds!

“The top e-waste recycler in the state was Hewlett-Packard at 6 million pounds, followed by Samsung Electronics Co., Best Buy and Panasonic Corp. of North America at 5.4 million, 4.4 million and 3.6 million pounds, respectively,” according to an e-waste article on the results of the electronics disposal ban.

Along with televisions, computers, digital music players and cable receivers, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) covers a list of electronics devices banned from landfills.

To continue with efforts to improve environmentally-sound regulations for electronics recycling, Illinois awarded 49 counties throughout the state each a $2,000 grant. These counties will initiate e-waste awareness programs and responsible recycling programs.

With Earth Day approaching on April 22, keep a look out for responsible e-waste recycling drives to ensure your electronic devices are properly disposed of.