Central Illinois Business Magazine
GREEN TIPS          February 2015

How to properly dispose of your company's e-waste

As technology evolves, businesses keep up with the latest trends, upgrading equipment to the latest speeds, features and capabilities. With this turnover of tech, what happens to the old equipment? A 2007 report showed that 3 million tons of electronic products became obsolete, yet only 14 percent of those products were recycled, making electronics the fastest-growing waste stream. The metals from electronics, which include gold, cadmium, lead and silver, can threaten groundwater quality when sent to the landfill and can also be valuable reclaimed resources.

In 2012, Illinois passed a law making it illegal for businesses and individuals to dispose of electronic waste (e-waste) in the landfill, and banned from Illinois' 48 active landfills (Public Act 97-0287).

We can no longer just "throw out" electronics. Some examples of electronics are telephones, radios, computers, televisions and cellphones. Visit the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's website (http://www.epa.illinois.gov/) for more information and a complete list of electronics that must be recycled.

Our central Illinois counties host electronic recycling events each year.

It is advised to come early and be prepared for long lines to drop off your e-waste. When there is not a collection event planned, there are many local haulers that can take e-waste. The city of Urbana's "Where Do I Take It?" web page (http://urbanaillinois.us/residents/recycling-program-u-cycle/where-do-i-take-it) lists various options for recycling electronics. Finally, reach out to your existing hauler to see if it will recycle electronics for your business. Feel free to reach out to IGBA as well with any questions.

The Illinois Green Business Association is a nonprofit organization in Champaign that offers certification and green business services. You can contact the IGBA at www.illinoisGBA.org or call 217-531-2179.

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Fresh edition of CIB

By John Foreman

No matter how long I live in East Central Illinois, I never cease to marvel at the innovative and diverse nature of its business community. Innovators seem to flourish in every corner.

Don Dodson, the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette's longtime business editor, was among those friends to whom we turned to put out this issue of Central Illinois' favorite business magazine while we continue our search for a top-notch editor. Many people pitched in to make this edition possible, and I won't try to name them all for fear of missing someone. My job is simply to look at the finished product and introduce it to you.

I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Where, for example, would you go to find a piggy bank in the form of a portable toilet or a box for a life-size Star Trek action figure? The answer is in Ogden and ShapeMaster Inc.

And would you like to try a brew that won a Silver Medal in the 2014 World Beer Cup?

You needn't venture farther than Savoy. You'll find that story on page 8.

All that, plus more and lots of fresh stats, are inside.

Best wishes for a 2015 as robust as that microbrewed ale.

John Foreman is the former publisher of Central Illinois Business magazine.