We throw out nearly 1 million printer cartridges every day — a figure emblematic of the global problem known as e-waste, or sending electronic equipment to landfills. Much of this trash ends up in poor countries, where its poisonous materials can cause public health hazards.
An international treaty meant to stop this dumping was signed in 1989, but there is still no national law governing e-waste in the U.S. Instead 24 states have stepped in with their own measures.
In 2008 Illinois passed its own electronics recycling law that banned residents from landfilling products including TVs, computers and printers.