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Will County Rebuilding Electronic Drop-Off Program after previous vendor unexpectedly canceled old contract.electronics new for website

Fast Facts About Electronics:

  • Electronic items are NOT durable, they have been recognized as the fastest growing segment of the waste stream since the 1990s by the US-EPA.
  • Electronic items contain materials that can be recycled countless times.
  • Some of the materials in electronic items are considered hazardous.
  • Since 2000 Will County has offered one-day electronic item collection events.
  • Since 2007 Will County has offered several free-of-charge year-round drop-offs in partnership with other units of local government. (4 sites in 2007, 11 in 2009, 13 from 2012-2015)
  • As of January 1, 2012 the following items have been banned from disposal in Illinois: Televisions, Monitors, Printers, Computers (Desktops, Laptops, Notebooks, Tablets), Electronic Keyboards, Fax Machines, Videocassette Recorders, Portable Digital Music Players, DVD Players, DVD Recorders, Video Game Consoles, Small Scale Servers, Scanners, Electronic Mice, Digital Converter Boxes, Cable Receivers, Satelite Receivers, Cell Phones, Computer Cable, Portable Digital Assistants (PDAs) and Zip Drives.
  • As of March 1, 2016 all sites were closed due to our contractor canceling our contract early.
  • As of May 3, 2016 one former partner site reopened. See location and hours below.
  • In July, the Peotone Police Department and New Lenox Township are expected to offer two hour collection events, see below.
  • Additional efforts are being made to offer additional sites, as well as offer one-day events throughout 2016.
  • Residents are not supposed to be charged when dropping off electronics in Illinois.
 

All Electronic Items Accepted (Broken or Obsolete) - Please REMOVE BATTERIES before dropping off items:

Lockport Public WorksLockport 2016 05 20a
17112 Prime Blvd 
(East of I-355)
Lockport, IL 60441-1311
815-838-0549 x8
Tuesday and Friday Only, 6am-11am (lines will be cutoff at 11am)

Limit 2 Televisions per vehicle
ID Required to prove Will County area residency

 

Peotone Police Department (opened July 20, 2016)
208 E. Main Street
Peotone, IL 60468
1st and 3rd Wednesday 5pm-7pm (lines will be cutoff at 7pm)

Limit 2 Televisions per vehicle
ID Required to prove Will County area residency

 

Opening July 27 and offering service the Second and Fourth Wednesdays thereafter:
New Lenox Township
1100 S. Cedar Road
New Lenox, IL 60451
2nd and 4th Wednesday 5pm-7pm (lines will be cutoff at 7pm)

Limit 2 Televisions per vehicle
ID Required to prove Will County area residency

 

Opening August 2 and offering service the First and Third Tuesdays thereafter:
Romeoville Public Works
615 Anderson Drive
Romeoville, IL 60446
1st and 3rd Tuesday 5pm-7pm (lines will be cutoff at 7pm)

Limit 2 Televisions per vehicle

ID Required to prove Will County area residency 

Will County is planning to offer one-day collections in September, October and November. Please check the Green Events Calendar for locations. 

List of Items Accepted at Will County Drop-Off locations:

ITEMS BANNED FROM DISPOSAL
Televisions (Flat Screen, Projection, CRT) 
Computer Monitors (Flat Screen, CRT)
Printers
Computers (Desktops, Laptops, Notebooks, Tablets, E-Readers)
Electronic Keyboards
Fax Machines
Videocassette Recorders
Portable Digital Music Players (iPods, MP3s)
CD/DVD/Blu-ray players
DVD Players/Recorders
Video Game Consoles
Small Scale Servers
Scanners
Electronic Mice
Digital Converter Boxes
Cable Receivers, Satellite Receivers 
Computer Cable
Computer speakers
Cell Phones
Portable Digital Assistants (PDAs) 
Zip Drives 
 
Items NOT Banned but also accepted for Electronic Recycling
All types of telephones
Calculators
Camcorders
CB Radio/CB Scanners
Digital Cameras / SLR Cameras
Digital Photo Frames
Digital Projectors
Fans
GPS Devices
Hands-Free Phone Headsets
Microwaves
Power Tools
Radar Detectors
Radio
Shredders
Stereo receivers
String Lights
UPS/battery backup devices
Vacuums (stick, robot, canister)
 
 

Televisions (most popular item): 

  •  CRT TVs and monitors contain leaded glass and may be considered hazardous - recycle with care

  • Ask retailers to take your old TV whenever you purchase a new one - some offer this free of charge

  • Front Door Service is available through A-Team Recyclers for $60 per TV. Please call 815-630-4308

  • Some Best Buy stores offer Front-Door Service for Televisions for $100. Please call first.

  • Plainfield, Mokena and Bolingbrook are offering collection services through their waste/recycling contractors.


Computers, Printers, Cell Phones, Fax Machines - Erase the Memory on these Devices

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 any 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.
 
When utilizing a Will County Drop-Off or Collection Event, please be assured 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.

 

Other Drop-Off Options for some Electronics (No TVs, CRT monitors):

Remember to erase computers, laptops, cell phones, printers before dropping off.
 
Aurora - Best Buy
1208 Fox Valley Center
630-499-5788
Bolingbrook - Best Buy
315 N. Weber Road
630-759-9708
Bolingbrook - E-Scrap
3 Northpoint Court
630-378-1300
Bolingbrook - Staples
740 E. Boughton Road
630-783-3510
Frankfort - Staples
20015 S LaGrange Road
815-806-8334
Joliet - Best Buy
3351 Mall Loop Drive
815-609-0771
Joliet - A-Team
359 Airport Drive
815-630-4308
Naperville - Staples
1552 South Route 59
630-305-0253
Naperville - Staples
1125 E Ogden Avenue
630-357-2985
Orland Park - Best Buy
15854 S. LaGrange Road
708-349-9251
Orland Park - Staples
15515 S. 95th Avenue
708-364-0712
Oswego - Best Buy
2600 US Route 34
630-5514-3233
Plainfield - Staples
13305 S. Route 59
815-577-2964
Shorewood - Staples
992 Brook Forest Ave.
815-609-2387
Tinley Park - Best Buy
7330 W. 191st Street
815-469-1306
Tinley Park - Staples
16189 South Harlem Avenue
708-532-1611 

 

   

 

 
 

 

This page last updated: 8/30/16

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


 

Some History:

  • On April 1, 2011, Will County began offering a pilot 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.
  • As of May 1, 2014 the Front-Door Collection implimented a fee for service of $25 per service call.
  • As of February 12, 2016 the Front Door Collection Contract ended.
  • As of May 3, 2016 the permanent program re-started with the opening of the Lockport Public Works Drop-off.

 Permanent Site Partners over the years:

  • Village of Bolingbrook 2007-2016
  • Channahon Township  2007-2016Troy Twshp Recycles
  • Forest Preserve District of Will County - Laraway in Joliet 2008-2016
  • Forest Preserve District of Will County - Monee Reservoir 2009-2016
  • Godley Park District 2011-2016
  • City of Lockport 2009-2016
  • Manhattan Township 2011-2016
  • Village of Mokena 2009-2016
  • New Lenox Township 2009-2016
  • Village of Romeoville 2010-2016
  • Troy Township Highway Department 2007-2016
  • Washington Township/Village of Beecher 2007-2016

Motto: Anything With A Computer Chip WILL Fit

Will County's electronic 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, brominat
ed flame retardants are commonly added to plastics used in electronics. If discarded, these toxins can be released into the environment through landfill leachate.
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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.

 

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.
  • NO Batteries (please remove batteries before dropping items off at the site)
  • NO Packaging (please do not place items back in their orginal packaging, items should be free of all packaging)
  • 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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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