(KMOV) -- Starting Sunday, it will be illegal to throw unwanted televisions, VCRs, even computer keyboards out with the garbage.
The Recycling and Reuse Act in Illinois takes effect January 1st, 2012 and bans many electronics from state landfills.
See the list of banned items here: www.epa.state.il.us/land/electronic-waste-recycling/amendments.html
"There's a lot of heavy metals and stuff like that in it. The plastic boxes don't deteriorate," said Jim Schnipper, Director of Operations for St. Clair Associated Vocational Enterprises in Belleville.
The non-profit collects unwanted electronics, sorts them, then sends them to a recycler near Chicago.
"None of it comes back and gets into a landfill," said Schnipper.
SAVE will take unwanted electronics for free for St. Clair County residents.
More about SAVE here: www.saveorg.org
Waste companies in the metro-east have been notifying customers. This notice on Republic Services' website lists electronic waste collectors and recyclers: www.republicserviceseasternmosouthernil.com/Pages/EwasteRecycling.aspx
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency also keeps a list of collectors: epadata.epa.state.il.us/land/eWaste/collection-sites.asp