A bill intended to simplify the process of recycling electronics in Illinois is one more vote away from the governor’s desk. A Senate committee has approved a House-passed bill to reduce the number of types of electronic gear which the state EPA must document when people drop them off for recycling. “Right now, there are 17 different categories of covered electronic items,” said Kurt Neibergall, who works in the EPA's Bureau of Land.
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“We’re going to reduce that to just the larger items – computers, monitors, fax machines. All the little items like mice and cables … don’t need to be broken down into different categories and recorded.” Neibergall and the bill’s sponsor, State Sen. Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield), say the bill does not change what goes to the landfill and what should be recycled. H.B. 4227 has passed the Senate Environment Committee.