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December 2006

State of Illinois to recycle end of life electronics

Governor Rod R. Blagojevich signed an Executive Order directing state government to recycle electronic equipment when it reaches the end of its usable life.

The Executive Order will require all state agencies, boards, and commissions under the Governor’s control to recycle or dispose of obsolete electronic equipment in an environmentally responsible manner.

The Order came as a result of extensive research and recommendations from the Computer Equipment Disposal and Recycling Commission that was established as a result of legislation the Governor signed into law in August 2005. The Commission submitted a comprehensive report to Governor Blagojevich and members of the General Assembly in May 2006 that identified concerns related to the disposal and recycling of computer equipment, as well as legislative and regulatory solutions for consideration.

Of the 57,000 employees that work in agencies, boards or commissions under the Governor, approximately 55,000 people regularly use a PC or laptop for their day-to-day work. This order will require responsible disposal as state agencies find it necessary to upgrade and replace equipment every three to five years. The order will also impact disposal of thousands of fax and photocopy machines, cellular phones and PDAs that are upgraded or replaced each year.

In Illinois government, the Department of Central Management Services (CMS) receives surplus electronic and other equipment from state agencies. The electronics will now be transferred to an external vendor that will ensure proper refurbishment, resale or disposal. Equipment that can be refurbished will be redistributed into Illinois government, or made available to schools or local government entities.
Premier Computer Service, Inc. in Moline, Illinois, along with its business partner, Belmont Technology Remarketing in Elk Grove Village, Illinois was recently awarded the contract that will ensure proper end-of-life disposal of state equipment.

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