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Illinois Mandates Recycling of Government Electronics
The order comes after 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.
Of the 57,000 employees that work in agencies or on boards or commissions under the governor, about 55,000 people use a computer for their day-to-day work. This order requires responsible disposal as state agencies find it necessary to upgrade and replace equipment every three to five years. The order also will affect the disposal of thousands of fax and photocopy machines, cellular phones and personal digital assistants that are upgraded or replaced each year.
The Illinois Department of Central Management Services receives surplus electronic and other equipment from state agencies. The electronics now will be transferred to a 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. Electronics that maintain a resale value will be sold through the state’s ongoing public auction process. If items fail to sell, the vendor will recycle glass, plastics and metals, while chemical components will be disposed of using approved techniques.
Blagojevich encouraged members of the Illinois General Assembly to consider findings from the Computer Equipment Disposal and Recycling Commission and develop statewide electronic recycling legislation when it convenes next January. If the assembly passes legislation next spring, Illinois could become the fifth state in the nation to enact similar environmentally responsible guidelines statewide.