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New Consumer Electronic Recycling Act

Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

New Consumer Electronic Recycling Act (CERA) Rules Enforced by Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful

On August 25, 2017, the Consumer Electronics Recycling Act (CERA) was signed by the governor, which modernizes many elements of the electronics recycling program in Illinois by establishing a convenience standard for electronics recycling which will ensure a minimum number of collection locations in each participating Illinois county. Although CERA took immediate effect, many of the programmatic elements of the law commenced on January 1, 2019. In compliance with CERA, residents may dispose of used and obsolete Covered Electronic Devices (CEDs) at Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful's Rockford Recycling Center, located at 4665 Hydraulic Road in Rockford effective immediately.

Disposal for approved CEDs is free of charge except for TVs and monitors that are subject to the following fees, which must be paid in cash only.

In accordance with CERA, only complete electronics from residential consumers will be accepted.  Partial electronic devices, components and parts, and business-derived electronic waste will be rejected. The facility is open to the public on Tuesdays, from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. and from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Saturdays. Hours may be restricted on and around holidays or with inclement weather. After-hour drop-offs are strictly prohibited and violators caught on the facility's video surveillance system will be prosecuted accordingly. Please visit for further facility details and a comprehensive list of all accepted recyclables. The Illinois EPA's currently recognizes the following devices as approved CEDs.

Cable Receivers

Electronic Mice


Cellular Phones


Fax Machines

Satellite Receivers

Computer Cables

Digital Converter Boxes

Portable Digital Music Players

Videocassette Recorders

Portable Digital Assistants (PDAs)

DVD Players/Recorders


Video Game Consoles

Zip Drives

*Includes desktops, laptops, notebooks, netbooks, and tablets

City of Rockford residents with electronics smaller than 2 feet by 2 feet may also place CEDs, except for TVs and monitors, in their City-issued blue recycling bins for collection.

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful’s Mission is to improve our environment through education, public awareness and community involvement.  For more information about the CERA/KNIB rules, please call 815-637-1343 or visit the website at

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