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Monday, Feb. 20, 2012 03:09 pm

Unplugging for good

Recycle your electronics—computers and all the extras, televisions, cell phones, VCRs, game players, answering machines, calculators, copiers, fax machines, cables, telephones, pagers, typewriters and more.

Where: Habitat ReStore, 1514 W. Jefferson, Springfield, Illinois

When: Mon-Fri 10 a.m. -6 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Why: The Electronic Waste Recycling Act, Public Act 097-0287, prevents the disposal of electronic devices in landfills as of January 1, 2012. From 415 ILCS 150/5, the General Assembly finds, “many electronic products contain lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, and other materials that pose environmental and health risks that must be managed.” Also, “the reuse of these materials also reduces water pollution and the air pollution associated with greenhouse gas emissions.”

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