SWANCC has established an Electronics Recycling Program for televisions, computers, and other electronic materials for member communities.
Electronics Disclaimer, May 2010
In September 2009, Illinois became the 16th state to adopt an electronics recycling law known as the Electronics Products Recycling and Reuse Act. This legislation bans certain electronic items, mainly computers and televisions, from IL landfills. The IL EPA posts a list of approved electronic waste Collectors, Recyclers and Refurbishers at epa.state.il.us/land/electronic-waste-recycling/ewaste.
The following electronics recyclers are not an endorsement by SWANCC, simply a listing of options. It is recommended by SWANCC that you research the downstream recycling practices of any company listed prior to giving them your old electronics.
To learn about the dangers of exporting electronic waste to Third World Countries, visit the Basel Action Network at ban.org.
Com2 Recycling Solutions is SWANCC's recycling contractor:
1200 N Milwaukee Ave, Glenview
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Closed: Wednesday and Sunday
Recycles most electronics, large appliances and small appliances (e.g., computers, hair dryers, microwaves, toasters, humidifiers). There is a $30 for TVs and a minimal charge for electoronic devices. Large quantities of computers or other electronics will also be accepted, at a cost of $0.40 per pound.
Abt also recycles cardboard, white polystyrene (styrofoam), batteries, and plastic packaging material. Abt does not accept glass, light bulbs including Christmas lights, cd/dvd/vhs tapes, and white Styrofoam peanuts. Please bring your recyclables to the Recycling Center, the freestanding building located just west of the main building.
Trade in an iPhone, iPad, Mac or PC desktop or notebook computer for a gift card if it has monetary value, or for responsible recycling.
Sell or recycle audio gear from the 1960s-1980s. Call Brian at (847) 840-1359 for information.
Stores accept most consumer electronics (up to 3 items per household per day), including computers and notebooks, small electronics, MP3s and DVD players, home and car audio, keyboards, mice and remotes free of charge. Trade-In program allows consumers to exchange select gently used electronics for a Best Buy gift card. Recycling kiosks at all stores for rechargeable batteries, cell phones, inkjet and toner cartridges and wires, cords and cables.
CExchange (Consumer Electronics Exchange)
Electronics trade-in and buyback site that works with manufacturers, retailers and consumers. Accepts many consumer electronics products and adheres to no-landfill policy.
Chicago Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility
1150 N North Branch St, Chicago
Operated by the City of Chicago and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA).
Tuesdays: 7:00 am to 12:00 pm
Thursdays: 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
1st Saturday of month: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Residential waste only (no business or commercial sector waste).
This facility accepts many items for recycling. See site for details.
Com2 Recycling Solutions
Provides quality electronics recycling, resale and asset recovery services to businesses, industry, governments and institutions throughout North America.
Provides drop-off and pick-up services for secure electronics disposal.
Dell partners with Goodwill to resell or responsibly recycle old technology (see "Goodwill Industries"). You may also visit the website to find locations to drop off equipment or print a prepaid shipping label to mail back electronics to Dell for responsible disposal.
3512 Prestwick Lane, Northbrook
847-686-2002 or 847-644-3593
Creating green jobs for People with Disabilities. The non-profit, ECOPARTNERS, Inc. (ecopartners.us) has partnered with NAID certified Opportunity Secure Data Destruction, LLP, a division of Glenkirk, to provide document and media destruction services through their ECOSHRED program. Provides on and off-site shredding services, off-site electronic media collection and on-site electronic media destruction.
Buys gently used electronics. See website for information.
eWorks Electronics Services, Inc.
1221 Mark Street, Elk Grove Village
Provides green-tech jobs for people with developmental disabilities. This unique program offers companies an opportunity to benefit the disabled and responsibly recycle end-of-life assets simultaneously. The mission is to teach, support and advocate for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities to make life choices, exercise independence and develop responsibility.
Buys gently used electronics. See website for information.
1551 North Dryden Avenue, Arlington Heights
Donate any brand of computer equipment to Reconnect, a partnership between Dell and Goodwill Industries. See website for drop-off locations and information about Dell's mail-back recycling program.
See website for trade in, cash back and donation recycling options. You may also recycle inkjet and laser jet cartridges and rechargeable batteries.
LifeSpan Technology Recycling
Large- and small-scale technology recycling, including computers, printers, monitors, telephone gear and fax machines.
Primarily for businesses.
Midwest Laser Cartridge Corporation
9 South Fairview Ave, Ste 204, Park Ridge
Recycles printers, copiers, scanners, fax machines and computer electronics. Also recycles inkjet, toner and fax cartridges.
Office Depot/Office Max
Buy a tech recycling box in-store and fill with as many acceptable items as will fit, including CRT and LCD monitors, fax machines, desktop and laptop PCs, printers, scanners, computer peripherals, telephones, digital cameras, video cameras, VCRs, DVD players, MP3 players, small TVs, cables.
Small box - $5
Medium box - $10
Large box - $15
Recycle 4 Cash
Cash offered for obsolete electronics. See website for value of computers, monitors, cell phones, MP3 players, cameras and more. Pre-paid shipping labels available.
Samsung Recycling Direct
Check website for Samsung's mobile take-back program and to print a pre-paid postage label.
Get a Staples eCard for newer technology or responsible recycling of older technology in store or online. See link for items accepted.
Supply-Chain Services, Inc. (SSI)
250 W North Ave, Lombard
Call for details and pricing.
Vintage Tech Recyclers
1105 Windham Parkway, Romeoville
Call for details and pricing. Provides residential recycling for some communities.