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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
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 noon 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. 

Habitat ReStore
Habitat ReStore collects electronics at no cost. ReStore is located at 800 North State Street (Route 31) in Elgin, Illinois. You may bring electronics for recycling during the following hours:
  • Wednesday - Friday
    9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday
    9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Closed Sunday through Tuesday