Connect To Recycling: Bringing Transparency to the
Marketplace for Electronics Collectors and Recyclers
Destination Sustainability: Greening Illinois Together Conference
June 7, 2011
Metropolitan Mayors Caucus
About the Site
Background: Connect to RecyclingBackground: Connect to Recycling
Seed money to establish the Clearinghouse
has been provided by the
United States Environmental Protection Agenc
Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
Matching funds have been provided by
Chicago Community Trust, Vintage Tech
Recyclers, Creative Recycling and MPC.
Electronic Products Recycling & ReuseElectronic Products Recycling & Reuse
Act Unintended ConsequencesAct Unintended Consequences
◦ Buyer/User Disconnect
◦ Super Contracts Exceed Manufacturer Goals
◦ Manufacturers may select recyclers hq’d in other
states based on prior experience.
◦ Contracts are so big that even OEM backed
recyclers are hard pressed to serve Super Contracts
◦ Loss of work for Illinois Recyclers
◦ Local gov’t frustrated by lack of ability to dictate
who does their business despite being the face of
recycling and waste.
Market DisconnectMarket Disconnect
Super Contracts managed by counties will
need 1.5m lbs to 5m lbs.
Manufacturer responsibility and Super
Contract needs are not fungible
◦ 75 have goals under 100,000 lbs;
◦ 60 have goals over 50,000 lbs;
◦ Half of the targeted companies have goals
under 22,000 lbs.
Local Government and RecyclersLocal Government and Recyclers
have Complimentary Goalshave Complimentary Goals
LG wants to provide electronic recycling to
LG wants to give work to local businesses
Recyclers want to provide the service
Recyclers want to work in their local
Solution: Achieve TransparencySolution: Achieve Transparency
and Fungibility in Market Placeand Fungibility in Market Place
◦ Local govt/Solid Waste Agency market their
◦ Recyclers register to use the website
◦ Once approved by local gov’t information
populates other websites to market collection
◦ Create brand for electronic recycling
Collection InformationCollection Information
Location, time and date
Location description text
Type of collection (1xmonth, 2xweek, or
one time only)
Estimated lbs and provide historical data
Collection fee as per pound cost
(estewards, Iso, etc)
Recyclers will describe themselves in
standardized industry terms like ISO 9000,
ISO 14001, NAID, E-Stewards, R2 MBE/WBE,
and will need to complete forms to show that
they are compliant with IL Legislation.
Recyclers can market info about themselves
to manufacturers as well as their proximity to
a collection site to facilitate local recyclers
serving their local governments.
Characterize their refurbishing to make sure
that manufacturers understand the benefit of
working with them in relation to the IL
Recycler Application ProcessRecycler Application Process
Vetting process will include proof of
registration with ILEPA and application
packet that recyclers will need to submit
with copies of proof of ISOs, etc.
Application fee of $75 with forms and
certification. Fees to cover application
review, verify registration with ILEPA, as
well as, environmental stewardship, and
One Page FlyerOne Page Flyer
Sample Drop In Articles:Sample Drop In Articles:
Out with the old, in with the newOut with the old, in with the new
Every few months when a new gizmo hits the market, we run to
the stores to get the newest handheld devices, phones,
computers and TVs. But what happens to those obsolete
computers, TVs, phones and hand held devices?
Unfortunately 90% is being thrown out with the garbage,
where it may have devastating environmental impact.
Thankfully, electronic recycling options are expanding and that
is good for Illinois’s economy.
Electronic recycling is incredibly important because electronics
are made of extremely valuable resources such as precious
metals, plastics and glass. At the same time certain
electronics such as monitors and circuit boards contain toxic
substances such as lead, mercury, and chromium. Lead,
mercury and chromium threaten our soil and ultimately
undermine water quality.
Through electronic recycling programs, nearly 60% can be
reused and the other 40% can be recycled. Please visit X to
Customizable Articles:Customizable Articles: ElectronicElectronic
Recycling: It’s Easy to Be Green!Recycling: It’s Easy to Be Green!
Electronic Recycling: It’s Easy to Be Green!
For many of us, when new electronic gizmos hit the market, we run to buy the latest
handheld device, gaming system, computer or television. But what happens to our
old ones? Unfortunately, 90% of out-dated electronics are thrown out with the
garbage, where they can have a devastating impact on the environment.
The good news is that some electronics contain valuable resources such as precious
metals, plastics and glass, which can be re-used. The bad news is some
electronics, including monitors and circuit boards, contain lead, mercury and
hexavalent chromium which are toxic and threaten our soil and water quality.
Electronic recycling programs carefully separate the good from the bad and bundle
them for destruction or re-use.
The Village of ________________(insert here) is pleased to announce its new
electronic recycling program. Now, it is easy for residents to be green!
Special information regarding entrance
Residents are welcome to drop off any of these items:
Thank you for doing your part to dispose of old electronics properly. Please visit
___________(insert here) to learn more or call ______________(insert here) with
Next StepsNext Steps
Wrap up site work
Continue IRA Task Force
Concerted effort to raise awareness prior
Thank YouThank You
◦ Senator Garret
◦ Marta Keane, Mike Mitchell, Pete Adrian, Walter
Willis, Melville Nickerson, and Joe Schacter
◦ Chris Newman and Sharon Lowry Martin
◦ Vintage Tech, Creative Recycling, and MPC.
◦ Electronic Recycling Task Force