SWANCC provides environmentally-responsible recycling programs for end-of-life computers and electronics for residents of its member communities.
Illinois legislation prohibits residents and businesses 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. 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.
The map below shows locations to drop off electronics for recycling. Locations marked in GREEN accept televisions.
For a larger map Click Here.
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.
See Earth 911's article on removing data from electronics.
Also see: SWANCC's Green Pages: Reuse and Recycling Directory provides additional options for electronics recycling.
Permanent Drop-Off Locations:
The following location will host permanent electronics collections for residents who live in any SWANCC member community. There is NO FEE for this service and unloading assistance is provided. 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. Des Plaines residents click HERE for electronics recycling information.
Glenview Transfer Station
1151 N River Road, Des Plaines
Across from the Maryville Academy
Saturdays: 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Holiday Closings: June 3, July 8, Sep. 9, Nov. 25, Dec. 24, 25, 30, 2017 and Jan. 6, 2018
In inclement weather the following outdoor locations may close!
Hoffman Estates Village Hall
1900 Hassell Road, Hoffman Estates
Holiday Closings: May 29 and Sept. 4, 2017
Mount Prospect Public Works
1700 W. Central Road, Mount Prospect
Winnetka Public Works
1390 Willow Road, Winnetka
Holiday Closing: Nov. 23, 2017
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.
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.
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.
One-Day Drop-off Events
The following one-day events are also available to SWANCC residents:
Saturday, April 29
Arlington Park Racetrack
2200 W. Euclid Ave, Arlington Heights
Saturday, May 13
Wheeling Public Works
77 W. Hintz Road, Wheeling
Saturday, May 20
Morton Grove Civic Center
6140 Dempster, Morton Grove
Saturday, June 3
Fire Station 8
1000 Oakton St., Elk Grove Village
Saturday, June 10
Metra Station Parking Lot
55 S. Wolf Rd., Prospect Heights
Saturday, June 24
Niles Public Services Department
6849 Touhy Ave., Niles
Saturday, July 8
Evanston Township High School
1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston
Saturday, July 15
Glenview Municipal Center
2500 E. Lake Ave., Glenview
Saturday, July 29
2300 Old Glenview Rd., Wilmette
Saturday, August 5
Palatine Village Hall
200 E Wood St., Palatine
Saturday, August 19
Hoffman Estates Public Works
2305 Pembroke Ave., Hoffman Estates
Saturday, September 16
Parking Lot Behind Banner Plumbing
151 Hastings Rd., Buffalo Grove
Saturday, October 7
Rolling Meadows Public Works
3900 Berdnick St., Rolling Meadows
Saturday, October 21
Park Ridge Public Works
400 Busse Hwy., Park Ridge