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Electronics Recycling

 

Since 1999, SWANCC has provided environmentally-responsible recycling for end-of-life computers and electronics.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA.gov) – since the late 1990s, electronics or E-Waste has been the fastest-growing component of the municipal waste stream.  Additionally, the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC.org) cautions that some of the materials in personal electronics, such as lead, mercury and cadmium, are hazardous and can release dangerous toxins into our air and water when burned or deposited in landfills improperly.  Also throwing away metal components, like the copper, gold, silver and palladium in cell phones and other electronics, leads to needless mining for new metals.

On January 1, 2012, Illinois became the sixteenth state to adopt an electronics recycling law known as the Electronics Products Recycling and Reuse Act

This legislation prohibits residents from landfilling select electronics.  See bolded items on the Acceptable Materials list to the right.

All other broken/unwanted electronics can be thrown away in the garbage if they cannot be donated for reuse.

To assist residents with collecting old electronics and ensure environmentally-safe recycling, the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) contracts with COM2 Recycling Solutions to provide the permanent, semi-permanent and one-day drop-off locations listed below. Also, some communities provide for electronics recycling as part of their regular garbage pickup.  Contact your community for more information.

Under the Illinois Environmental Protection Act, no electronics can be accepted from municipalities, schools, businesses and institutions.  Please see the Agency’s Green Pages Directory for recyclers.

As part of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s 2013 Electronics Reuse and Recycling Grant, SWANCC developed the video at the top right to educate Cook County residents about the Electronics Law.

For reuse or recycling options for home appliances and other electronics that are not covered under the Electronics Products Recycling and Reuse Act, please see SWANCC’s Green Pages.

Additional Resources:
R2solutions.org
Ban.org
epa.state.il.us/land/electronic-waste-recycling

Also see: SWANCC's Green Pages: Reuse and Recycling Directory provides additional options for electronics recycling.

Permanent Drop-Off Locations:

The following communities will host permanent electronics locations for residents who live in any SWANCC member community. Collection locations will be closed on national holidays. IDs will be checked for verification of residency in a SWANCC member community. Please note that SWANCC residents are able to participate in any event, regardless of location.

Glenview Transfer Station
1151 N River Road, Des Plaines
Across from the Maryville Academy
Saturdays: 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Year-Round
Closed: July 9, September 10, November 26, December 24
 
Winnetka Public Works 
1390 Willow Road
Thursdays: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Year-Round
Closed: November 24

Hoffman Estates Village Hall 
1900 Hassell Road
Mondays: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm 
Closed: September 5
 
Mount Prospect Public Works 
1700 W Central Road 
Wednesdays: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm 
 
Do not drop off electronics other than during posted dates and times. Thank you for your cooperation.

One-Day Drop-off Events

The following one-day electronics events are available for residents who live in any SWANCC member community. IDs will be checked for verification of residency in a SWANCC member community. Please note that SWANCC residents are able to participate in any event, regardless of location.

Sunday April 10, 2016
Niles North High School

9800 Lawler Avenue, Skokie 60077
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Saturday April 30, 2016
Arlington Park Race Track
(in the parking lot behind the train station at SW corner of Northwest Highway and N Wilke Road)

2121 Northwest Highway, Arlington Heights 60004
9:00 am - noon

Saturday, May 7
Public Works Yard

77 W. Hintz Road, Wheeling 60090
9 am to noon

Saturday, May 21
Morton Grove Civic Center

6140 Dempster Avenue, Morton Grove 60053
9 am to noon


Saturday, June 4
Fire Station 8

1000 Oakton, Elk Grove Village 60007
9 am to noon


Saturday, June 11
Metra Station

5 S. Wolf Road, Prospect Heights 60070
9 am to noon


Saturday, June 25
Public Services Department

6849 W. Touhy Avenue, Niles 60714
9 am to noon


Saturday, July 9
Evanston High School

1600 Dodge Avenue, Evanston 60210
9 am to noon

Saturday, July 16
Glenview Municipal Center

2500 E. Lake Avenue, Glenview 60026
9 am to noon

Saturday, July 23
Public Works Yard
7001 N. Lawndale Aveune, Lincolnwood 60712
9 am to noon

Saturday, July 30
Public Works Yard
711 Laramie Avenue, Wilmette 60091
9 am to noon

Saturday, August 6
Village Hall and Community Center
200 E. Wood StreetPalatine 60067
9 am to noon

Saturday, August 13
Public Works Yard
2305 Pembroke AvenueHoffman Estates 60169
9 am to 1 pm

 

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