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Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012 05:20 am

WHERE TO TAKE ELECTRONICS

Fax machines and VCRs might be so yesterday as the 21st century nears teenhood, but that doesn’t mean that such electronic junk belongs in the trash.

Beginning this month, it is illegal to dump unwanted electronic items in Illinois landfills. The ban list developed by the General Assembly includes 17 things, ranging from televisions to computers, that can’t be dumped.  Fortunately, the good folks at Springfield city hall have come up with a list of organizations that will make good use of unwanted electronic chaff.

Habitat for Humanity on West Jefferson Street (www.habitatsangamon.com) will take most anything, including DVD players, VCRs, electronic mice, modems, keyboards, monitors, printers, scanners and much more. Land of Lincoln Goodwill Industries (www.llgi.org) also welcomes a wide range of electronic gear – they’ll even take broken monitors. Ronald McDonald House (www.rmhc-centralillinois.org) takes printer cartridges and cell phones while BLH Computers (www.blhcomputers.com) accepts almost any electronic item that isn’t framed with wood. If you think a disadvantaged child might enjoy that computer that’s too slow for your needs, you can take it to ComputerBanc (www.computerbanc.org), which refurbishes old computers and gives them to families in need.
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