Frequently Asked Questions

Prohibition Against Mixing E-Waste with Other Waste

Under the Illinois Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act, beginning January 1, 2012, no person or business entity may knowingly cause or allow the mixing of any of the following items with municipal waste that is intended for disposal at a landfill:

  • Computers
  • Video Games Consoles
  • Computer Monitors
  • Electronic Mice
  • Printers
  • Scanners
  • Televisions
  • Digital Converter Boxes
  • Electronic Keyboards
  • Cable Receivers
  • Fax Machines
  • Satellite Receivers
  • Videocassette Recorders
  • Digital Video Disc Recorders
  • Portable Digital Music Players
  • Small Scale Servers
  • Digital Video Disc Players
  • Facsimile Machines
  • Other electronic machinery and equipment
  • A person who violates any provision of the Act or fails to perform any duty under the Act is liable for a civil penalty of $7,000 for the violation and an additional civil penalty of $1,000 per day for each day the violation continues. However, residential consumers who violate either the prohibition against mixing electronic devices with other waste or the landfill ban commit a petty offense punishable by a fine of $25 for the first offense and a fine of $50 for subsequent violations. Any person or entity that is NOT a residential consumer who violates either the prohibition against mixing electronic devices with other waste or the landfill ban commits a petty offense punishable by a fine of $500. Violation of the Act are enforceable by administrative; however, fines assessed pursuant to an administrative citation for mixing electronic waste with other waste, or a violation of the landfill ban, are limited as outlined above.

    Frequently Asked Questions When Considering E-Waste Recycling

    Many questions arise when it is time to update electronics and dispose of the no-longer-needed materials. We have created this guide to help our customers with this transition.

    Why should I recycle my electronics?

    According to the EPA, electronic waste contributes 70% of the toxins found in landfills, while only contributing 1% of the volume of materials in landfills. Electronic waste contains many toxic materials including lead, mercury, cadmium, phosphors and flame-retardants. Recycling your electronics waste decreases energy and water use, reduces pollution, and keeps hazardous chemicals out of our air and water. Our methods ensure that no materials we acquire ever end up in a landfill.

    What happens to the equipment?

    The EPA prefers reuse as the first option in responsibly recycling electronics, so we try to repurpose as much of the technology as possible. If the electronics are not suitable for reuse, we separate each device into it's component parts and recycle them through various domestic routes.

    Does the KRAM facility handle all of its own recycling? Where is the equipment recycled?

    Yes and no. We process and separate all materials on-site. We chose several local businesses to recycle scrap metals, printed circuit boards, and plastics to allow more jobs in our community and to keep our focus on our clients.

    All processing and recycling is done in the United States.

    Why wouldn't I just sell the equipment?

    Kline Recycling can save your company time and money by handling your asset management and data protection needs. The only fee you will pay is the yearly subscription fee, which covers all expenses. It would cost thousands of company dollars and hours of employee time in order to wipe every drive, track every asset, and ensure nothing gets thrown away. In addition, we offer kick-back and trade-up programs to some clientele.

    When recycling with KRAM, your equipment won't end up in a landfill and you will have the peace of mind that ALL data will be forever destroyed.

    How is my data protected/destroyed?

    KRAM wipes every data-containing hard drive by the DoD5220.22M sanitizing standard whether we receive one unit or 10,000 units. We also offer degaussing and NAID-certified shredding at an additional cost. Under no circumstance do we divulge customer data or identity.

    All physical asset tags and equipment labels are removed and destroyed.

    Can I receive a tax deduction for donating my computer equipment?

    Yes. We work with several non-profit organizations. We can facilitate a donation while still maintaining the standard of data protection and asset management you are looking for. I can forward you this information if you provide an email address.

    Is there a limit to how much I can bring?

    There is no size limit on any pick-up or drop-off. However, one must schedule an appointment to gain access to our facilities or service.

    What can I bring?

    We will allow all electronics, some appliances, and all electronic media to be recycled at our facility. If you have any questions about acceptance, please call ahead!

KRAM Guarantee

  • 100% Data Destruction
  • Asset Disposal List within 7 days
  • Responsible Recycling

Hassle-Free Methodology

KRAM charges only one yearly fee. With our services, KRAM staff will provide equipment removal and pickup, including but not limited to physical removal of equipment, palletizing of equipment, loading and hauling of equipment to KRAM's secure facility. Collection boxes and pallets will be available upon request for easy loading and removal.


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