On August 25, 2017, Governor Rauner signed the Consumer Electronics Recycling Act (CERA), 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 will not be implemented until January 1, 2019. In the interim, the collection obligations of the Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act (EPPRA) remain in effect. In addition, many of the reporting requirements in CERA will operate concurrently with the EPPRA reporting responsibilities, until EPPRA sunsets on January 1, 2020. The Illinois EPA has drafted fact sheets covering manufacturer and recycler responsibilities for stakeholder reference.

Under Section 1-20 of CERA any county, municipal joint action agency, or municipality (that contains a population of more than 1,000,000 residents) may elect to participate in the manufacturer e-waste program set forth in CERA by filing a written notice of election to participate with the manufacturer e-waste program and the Illinois EPA. The registration deadline for the program year beginning in January 2019 was March 1, 2018. Fifty-eight units of government filed elections to participate in the program beginning in January 2019.

2019 Electronics Recycling Representative Organization Clearinghouse Program Plan

Pursuant to Section 1-25 of the Consumer Electronics Recycling Act, CERA, manufacturers who sell their covered electronic devices in Illinois are to, individually or through a manufacturer clearinghouse, submit a manufacturer e-waste program plan to Illinois EPA. Eighty-four manufacturers indicated their intent to comply with CERA through the ERRO Clearinghouse. This program plan has been approved by Illinois EPA and is made available here.