Summary of Residential Front-Door and Drop-Off Electronic Recycling:
- 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.
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
- 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.)*
||VCR, DVD, Laser Disc Players**
||Coffee Makers (No Glass)
||Portable Radio/CD Players
||Blenders (No Glass)
||Bread Makers / Fryers
||CB's/Two -way radios
||Cameras (film, magnetic tape, digital)
||Food Sealing Equipment
|CD ROM/Zip/Tape Drives**
||Palm Organizers/Hand Held Games**
|Cords & Cables (power, USB, etc.)
||Video Game Players**
||Massagers / Shaving Equipment
|CDs, DVDs, VHS Tapes, Floppies, etc.
||Joysticks / Game Controls
|UPS (Battery Backups)
||Remote Control Devices
||Digital Converter Boxes**
||Vacuum Cleaners (NO bags)
|Copy / Fax / Scanner Machines**
|Telephones / Cell Phones / Pagers
||String Lights (holiday lights on wires)
|Typewritters / Word Processors
||Electric Tooth Brushes
|Adding Machines / Calculators
||Metal Tools (drills, screwdrivers,
||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.
30200 Town Center Road
24/7 for items that do NOT save personal information
Village of Bolingbrook
299 Canterbury Lane
Small items accepted 24/7
S Fryer Street, seven blocks South of Rt. 6 (turn at Subway)
Wed 3pm-7pm March-Oct. ONLY
Sat 8am-2pm year-round
Godley Park District
500 S. Kankakee (K Mine Park under Water Tower)
Homer Glen-Homer Township
14400 W 151st Street
Opening August 16, 2011
Tue, Wed, Thur 8am-3pm
17540 W Laraway Road (Sugar Creek-between Rt.52 & Rt. 53)
City of Lockport
17112 Prime Blvd (East of I-355 overpass)
24645 S Eastern Ave
1st & 3rd Sat 8am-Noon
Village of Mokena
19004 Wolf Road
Monee-Forest Preserve District of Will County
27341 Ridgeland Ave (Monee Reservoir)
7 days a week 8am-4pm
New Lenox Township
1100 S. Cedar Road
4th Sat of the Month 9am-Noon
Vinage Tech Recyclers
14110 Illinois Route 59
2nd Sat of the Month 9am-11am
Village of Romeoville
195 S Budler
(East of I-55)
1st Sat of the Month 11am-3pm
Troy Township Highway Department
25358 Seil Road(West from River Rd & Seil)
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.