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Summary of Residential Front-Door and Drop-Off Electronic Recycling:electronics new for website

  • Electronic items are the fastest growing segment of the waste stream.
  • Electronic items contain materials that can be recycled countless times.
  • Some of the materials in electronic items are considered hazardous.
  • Some items may also be taken to retail outlets for proper disposal and recycling services.
  • Will County offers 13 free-of-charge permanent drop-offs in partnership with municipalities and townships.
  • On April 1, 2011, Will County began offering FREE Front-Door Collection of Electronics to ALL residents of Aurora, Bolingbrook, Crest Hill, Channahon, Elwood, Homer Glen, Joliet, Lemont, Lockport, Minooka, Naperville, New Lenox, Plainfield, Rockdale, Romeoville, Shorewood and Woodridge.
  • Front-Door Service expanded to Braceville, Braidwood, Coal City, Diamond, Godley, Manhattan, Symerton and Wilmington September 1, 2011.
  • Front-Door service expansion was completed on November 15, 2011, with the addition of Beecher, Crete, Frankfort, Mokena, Monee, Orland Park, Park Forest, Peotone, Sauk Village, Steger, Tinley Park and University Park.
 

Electronic Household Front-Door Service Instructions:
 

As of April 1, 2011, Will County's contractor, Vintage Tech, began offering free, convenient "Front-Door" collection service for residential electronics in a large portion of Will County.  As the year progressed, the service area expanded to cover all of Will County.  This is a three-year "Pilot Program" with funding from electronic manufacturers, thanks to the Illinois Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act. 
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To schedule a pick-up from your front door, please contact our contractor, Vintage Tech Recyclers. This may be done by telephone or through e-mail.
 
Call (866) 631-1707 Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm
Please include your name, address and telephone number
Please provide a type and number of each electronic item

There is a limit of ten items per collection. If you accumulate more items, additional pick-ups may be scheduled at that time. For more detail, please click to visit our contractor's website
 

Will County Electronic Recycling Drop-Off Partners:    

  • Village of Bolingbrook 
  • Channahon Township  Troy Twshp Recycles
  • Forest Preserve District of Will County - Laraway in Joliet
  • Forest Preserve District of Will County - Monee Reservoir
  • Godley Park District
  • Village of Homer Glen/Homer Township
  • City of Lockport
  • Manhattan Township
  • Village of Mokena
  • New Lenox Township
  • Village of Romeoville
  • Troy Township Highway Department
  • Washington Township/Village of Beecher

Anything With A Computer Chip WILL Fit

This program protects Will County water and air resources, while reducing the materials going to local landfills. Some computers have a shelf life of only 3 to 5 years. It is often less expensive to purchase a new electronic item instead of repairing it. This increases the amount of waste generated and increases the amount of natural resources needed to make new products.
 
The EPA states that electronics contain hazardous materials, such as lead, mercury, and hexavalent chromium, batteries and color cathode ray tubes (CRTs). Televisions and CRT monitors contain an average of 4 lbs of lead (depending on size). Mercury from electronics has been cited as a leading source of mercury in municipal waste. Lastly, brominated flame retardants are commonly added to plastics used in electronics. If discarded, these toxins can be released into the environment through landfill leachate.
 
Worldwide, an estimated 20-50 million tons of electronic waste is generated annually, and an estimated 85% of it ends up in landfills. Recycling electronics avoids air, water and land pollution. It reduces the need to extract valuable and limited resources from the earth. It also reduces the energy and other resources used in new product manufacturing. Many of the components recovered can be used in new items.
 

Items Accepted (Broken or Obsolete)

Personal Computers (PCs)* Printers (laser, ink jet, dot matrix, etc.)* Microwaves
Laptops* Televisions* Digital Clocks
Monitors* VCR, DVD, Laser Disc Players** Coffee Makers (No Glass)
Keyboards** Portable Radio/CD Players Blenders (No Glass)
Electronic Mice** Speakers/Stereo Systems Bread Makers / Fryers
Modems** CB's/Two -way radios Toaster Ovens
Hard Drives** Cameras (film, magnetic tape, digital) Food Sealing Equipment 
CD ROM/Zip/Tape Drives** Palm Organizers/Hand Held Games** Electric Knives
Cords & Cables (power, USB, etc.) Video Game Players** Massagers  / Shaving Equipment
CDs, DVDs, VHS Tapes, Floppies, etc. Joysticks / Game Controls Curling Irons
UPS (Battery Backups) Remote Control Devices Hair Dryers
Cable/Satellite Receivers** Digital Converter Boxes** Vacuum Cleaners (NO bags)
Copy / Fax / Scanner Machines** Projectors Carpet Sweepers 
Telephones / Cell Phones  / Pagers String Lights (holiday lights on wires) Fans 
Answering Machines Paper Shredders  Space Heaters
Typewritters / Word Processors Cash Registers Electric Tooth Brushes 
Adding Machines / Calculators Sump Pumps Metal Tools (drills, screwdrivers,
Postage Machines   saws, sanders, etc.) 
   
 
 
* Items in Blue are banned from Illinois landfills as of January 1, 2012 per 2008 Illinois Electronic Recycling and Reuse Act
* Items in Dark Blue are banned from Illinois landfills as of January 1, 2012 per SB 2106 enhancement of the Electronic Recycling Act  
 

 

Protect Your Personal Data When Recycling

Computers often contain highly personal information from bank data to tax records. Before donating your computer or bringing it to a recycling program of any kind, clean the hard drive.
 
Reformat the hard drive or purchase a program that writes over the hard drive. The process can be slow, because such a program writes to the disk repeatedly. Prepare to run it overnight.
 
It is the duty of the user of the recycling program to ensure data erasure. Will County assumes no responsibility to protect any electronic data remaining in electronics deposited in the electronic recycling program If you need more detailed instructions e-mail or call the County Land Use – Resource Recovery & Energy offices.
 
Either way, please be aware that the contracted electronic recycling company cleans the hard drives of all types of computers with Department of Defense approved software.
 
If the hard drive is damaged and cannot be cleaned with software, it is wiped clean with a magnet and shredded for recycling. 
  

Electronic Drop-Off Instructions and Locations:

  • Bring only residentially generated electronic items. No business electronics can be taken. Businesses are encouraged to call Will County or go to their website for recycling/reuse information.
  • Clean off any personal information on hard drives (Reformatting the hard drive or rewriting the disc is recommended.)
  • Take materials to the drop-off ONLY during operational hours.
  • Please place materials carefully in boxes as indicated by signs at the site
  • DO NOT TAKE any items that have already been dropped off. Once items have been placed in the box they are part of the Recycling Program.  

  

 

Beecher

Beecher-Washington Township

30200 Town Center Road

708-946-2026

Hours:
Mondays-Fridays 9am-3pm
24/7 for items that do NOT save personal information

Bolingbrook

Village of Bolingbrook

299 Canterbury Lane

630-226-8800

Hours:
Monday-Friday 7am-3:30pm
Small items accepted 24/7

Channahon

Channahon Township

S Fryer Street, seven blocks South of Rt. 6 (turn at Subway)

815-467-2299

Hours:
Wed 3pm-7pm March-Oct. ONLY
Sat 8am-2pm year-round

Godley

Godley Park District

500 S. Kankakee (K Mine Park under Water Tower)

815-458-6129

Hours:
Monday-Friday 7am-4:30pm

Homer Glen

Homer Glen-Homer Township

14400 W 151st Street


708-301-0246

Hours:
Opening August 16, 2011
Tue, Wed, Thur 8am-3pm

Joliet

Forest Preserve District of Will County

17540 W Laraway Road (Sugar Creek-between Rt.52 & Rt. 53)

815-727-8700

Hours:
Monday-Friday 7am-3pm

Lockport

City of Lockport

17112 Prime Blvd (East of I-355 overpass)

815-838-0549 x8

Hours:
Monday-Friday 7am-3pm

Manhattan

Manhattan Township

24645 S Eastern Ave

815-478-3123

Hours:
Monday-Friday 7am-3pm
1st & 3rd Sat 8am-Noon

Mokena

Village of Mokena

19004 Wolf Road

708-479-3927

Hours:
Monday-Friday 7:30am-4pm

Monee

Monee-Forest Preserve District of Will County

27341 Ridgeland Ave (Monee Reservoir)

708-534-8499

Hours:
7 days a week 8am-4pm

New Lenox

New Lenox Township

1100 S. Cedar Road

815-485-6431

Hours:
Monday-Friday 8am-3:30pm
4th Sat of the Month 9am-Noon

Plainfield

Vinage Tech Recyclers

14110 Illinois Route 59

866-631-1707

Hours:
2nd Sat of the Month 9am-11am

Romeoville

Village of Romeoville

195 S Budler
(East of I-55)

815-886-7200

Hours:
Wednesdays 6pm-8pm
1st Sat of the Month 11am-3pm

Shorewood

Troy Township Highway Department

25358 Seil Road(West from River Rd & Seil)

815-828-5275

Hours:
Monday-Friday 7am-3pm

   

 

Please view our Green Guide Database for retail and other additional Electronic recycling locations!

The Residential Electronic Recycling brochure may be printed double-sided on 8.5 X 14 paper.

 

 

 
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