CHICAGO (AP) -- Got a new computer for Christmas? Finally replaced that old cell phone? Ready to toss the fax machine?
Don't plan on throwing them in the trash. Starting Jan. 1, Illinois residents must recycle their old electronics under a law aimed at keeping the items out of landfills.
Environmental officials say there are concerns that heavy metals in electronics could cause groundwater pollution if they leach out of a landfill. But the metals -- including gold, copper and cadmium -- also can be recovered and reused.
It's one of more than 200 laws that take effect New Year's Day dealing with everything from lost pets to online bullying.
Residents can call their county or municipal solid waste coordinators to find out where to recycle. The law prevents consumers from being charged.