Consistent with recently enacted changes to the Illinois Consumer Electronics Recycling Act (CERA), this web page provides information for designated county recycling coordinators and municipal joint action agencies to annually file notice to participate in an e-waste recycling program (see Section 1-10 (b) and (c) of the recent amendments to the CERA). This web page is being published as a public service by the National Center for Electronics Recycling (NCER) using content provided by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).

As specified in the new law the “manufacturer clearinghouse" means a group of 2 or more manufacturers, representing at least 50% of the manufacturers' total obligations under this Act for a program year, that are cooperating with one another to collectively establish and operate an e-waste program for the purpose of complying with this Act.

With additional legislation addressing anti-trust issues still pending before the Illinois legislature, formation of the clearinghouse and development of rules have not yet occurred. However based on preliminary work to date, counties and municipal joint action agencies should be prepared to provide the following information to participate in a 2019 e-waste recycling program under the CERA:

  • The name and location of proposed program collection sites (see the definition in the new law)
  • The method by which proposed collection sites will be staffed (e.g., county public works employees, outsourced to service provider X, etc.)
  • Pounds of covered electronic devices collected at proposed program sites during 2017, and noting any changes that might affect collected amounts in 2019
  • Assurance that collector will meet the compliance requirements outlined in Sec. 1-45(e)
  • The name, email address and phone number of the primary point of contact for the county or municipal joint action agency

This web site will contain more specific information about how counties can opt-in following enactment of pending anti-trust legislation. The statutory deadline for counties and municipal joint action agencies to opt into the 2019 e-waste recycling program is March 1, 2018. While CTA is not providing the clearinghouse, CTA is supporting manufacturers while antitrust legislation is pending. Therefore until a manufacturer clearinghouse is formally organized, interested parties with questions should contact Walter Alcorn at CTA at walcorn@cta.tech or 703-907-7765.