PSI would like an 18"x24" color poster designed for distribution to automobile recyclers in Illinois. This poster is a component of a program PSI is operating to encourage automobile recyclers to remove and recycle mercury-containing switches prior to crushing or shredding cars. The poster is intended to hang in the offices of auto recyclers, serving the following purposes:
1) Remind recyclers which year, make, and model cars contain mercury switches.
2) Describe the location on the car where each mercury switch is located, making removal easier.
3) Provide reference images of the various types of mercury switches.
4) Provide a few key reminders and relevant contact information.
We are looking for a poster that conveys all the information clearly and legibly, and is eye-catching. Format, flow, colors, and imagery other than what is specified are at the designer’s discretion.
BACKGROUND INFO FOR YOU:
- Prior to 2002, mercury switches were used in many cars to operate interior, trunk, hood, and visor lights (collectively known as "convenience lights"), anti-lock brake system (ABS) sensors, and airbag sensors. Mechanical switches have since replaced mercury switches.
- Illinois law requires that hood and trunk light switches be removed before cars are crushed or shredded. Under IL law, recyclers receive $2 for each hood and trunk light they recycle. Recyclers also receive $6 for each anti-lock brake sensor.
- The End of Life Vehicles Solutions (ELVS) Corporation operates a program to collect and recycle mercury switches. The major automobile manufacturers fund ELVS. Automobile recyclers remove mercury switches from cars, and then send them in a bucket to ELVS. PSI is promoting this program.
- Learn more about PSI’s program at http://www.productstewardship.us/ILswitches
SPECIFICS TO INCLUDE:
1) The following copy: “Remove mercury switches before shredding or crushing. It’s the LAW.
Illinois law requires all mercury trunk and hood light switches to be removed before cars are destroyed. Return mercury light switches to End of Life Vehicle Solutions (ELVS) in your provided bucket and receive $2 each, and return mercury-containing anti-lock brake (ABS) sensors for $6 each. Some model-years also contain mercury airbag sensors. Removing each of these mercury switches before a car is destroyed is important for preventing the affects of mercury, a potent neurotoxin, on public health and the environment. Hang this poster in your office to help you and your staff identify which cars contain mercury switches, and where to find them.”
2) Include the make, model, and year of vehicles that contain mercury switches. Include the specific types of mercury switches each contains, and the location of the switches. Attached tables include all of this information. Please use these as a guide. You have design freedom as to how this is presented.
3) Include images of example mercury switches. We have included many example images to choose from. Believe it or not, there aren't many hi-resolution images of these devices around :) Please do you best to make something of print quality out of what we can provide (unless you can find additional images on your own).
4) Reminders for auto recyclers, under the header “Reminders”:
- "Don’t forget to maintain the removal log so you can be reimbursed for convenience lighting and anti-lock brake sensor switches."
- "Don’t forget to send your annual report to Illinois EPA by August 15th of every year."
- "Don’t forget to return your ELVS bucket to Environmental Quality at least once each year, even if you have only collected one switch.
- "Don’t forget to ask for a replacement bucket when you return a bucket to Environmental Quality. They are not sent out automatically. Request a bucket by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org."
5) The following information, under the header “Questions?”:
- "For questions about the End of Life Vehicle Solutions, or to request a collection bucket, visit http://www.elvsolutions.org, or call 877.225.ELVS."
- "For questions about Illinois Mercury Switch Removal Act, contact Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's Becky Jayne at (217) 524-9642."
6) include a footer the provided logos (PSI, Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Illinois EPA), and the following text: "Funded by U.S. EPA. For more information, visit http://www.productstewardship.us/ILswitches. The Product Stewardship Institute, Inc. and the IL EPA are equal opportunity employers and providers."
WHAT NOT TO INCLUDE:
- Extensive background information about PSI.
- Information about PSI’s additional incentive program, which expires in April.- DO NOT INCLUDE page two (the red page) of ELVS’s “Examples of Switches and Unacceptable Items” document. These are examples of non-mercury devices.