Electronics Recycling
Why Recycle Electronics?
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency electronic waste is the fastest-growing segment of the nation's garbage. Electronics such as computer monitors and TVs contain toxic materials such as lead, chromium, cadmium, mercury, beryllium, nickel, and zinc. When electronics containing these materials are not recycled or are disposed of improperly, these hazardous chemicals can contaminate ground water and present other environmental problems. 

State Ban
The state of Illinois electronic waste landfill ban goes into effect in 2012. Under this state law waste haulers are not allowed to collect and dispose of electronics as waste.  

Items banned from the landfill include: 
  • Desktop computers
  • Notebook computers
  • Computer monitors
  • Printers
  • Televisions 

E-Recycling Options 

Kane County Recycling Events
The City of Elgin partners with Kane County to put on this event that takes place the second Saturday of each month 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Kane County Circuit Clerk Building (former Montgomery Ward’s Store) 540 S. Randall Rd. St. Charles, IL. The event is free for all Elgin residents (both Kane and Cook Counties).  Visit the Kane County Recycling website for a complete list of acceptable items. For more information, call 630-208-3841. ***FOR KANE COUNTRY RESIDENTS ONLY

Upcoming Kane County Recycling Events:
  • 2015 Dates: 10/10, 11/14, 12/12 
  • 2016 Dates: 4/9, 5/14, 6/11, 7/9, 8/13, 9/10, 10/8, 11/12
  • 2016 NO winter events - Jan, Feb, March, or Dec of 2016.

Kane County Permanent Drop-off Locations - FOR KANE COUNTY RESIDENTS ONLY

Batavia Public Works: 200 N Raddant Road, Batavia, 630-454-2310

Geneva Public Works: 1800 South Street, Geneva, 630-232-1501

St. Charles Public Works: 1405 S 7th Avenue, St. Charles, 630-377-4405

West Dundee Public Works: 900 Angle Tarn, West Dundee, 847-551-3815

When: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m – 3 p.m. 
Accepts: all electronics, including TVs
NO large household appliances, hazardous wastes, or trash please!
Please Carefully stack equipment as directed by onsite signage.

Drop-off Locations and Events (that take TVs)

AVA E-Recycling
Glendale Heights: 200 Bloomingdale Rd. #210, Glendale Heights, 847-397-2900
When: M-F 9:00am-4:30pm
Accepts: all electronics, including TVs (TVs have a fee)
Also provides a pick-up service for a fee, please call 847-397-2900 to schedule pick up.

City of Aurora Events
Call 630-256-4636 for dates and locations

MRK Group Events
Elgin: 801 N. State St., Unit C, Elgin, IL 60123, 847-468-1700
When: Drop-off event on the LAST FRIDAY of every month; 9am - 5pm
Accepts: all electronics, including TVs, up to 10 items per resident or business.

Sims Recycling Solutions
West Chicago: 1600 Harvester Rd., West Chicago, 630-231-6060
When: M-F 8:30am-4:30pm
Accepts: all electronics, including TVs

Other events & drop-off locations

Village of Montgomery Monthly Events
10 Civic Center Ave, Montgomery, IL, 60506, 630-896-8080 ext. 1114
When: 3rd Saturday of each month from March-November; 9am - 12noon
Accepts: All electronics, including TVs, appliances, batteries, metal, car fluids
NO TVs or Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) monitors 

Association for Individual Development (AID) Drop-offs
Aurora: 309 W. New Indian Trail Court, Aurora, IL 60506, 630-966-4145
The AID building is east of the school.
Elgin: 1135 Bowes Road, Elgin, IL 60123, 847-931-6237
Go to front desks for directions to exact drop-off areas
When: M-F 8:30am-4pm
Accepts: most electronics
NO TVs or Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) monitors

Elgin Recycling
Elgin: 660 Schiller St., Elgin, IL 60123
Gilberts: 161 Center Dr., Gilberts, IL 60136, 847-741-4100
When: M-F 7am-5pm; Sat 8am-1pm
Accepts: most electronics, flat screen TVs and monitors are accepted
NO TVs or Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) monitors