Metals and Electronics Recycling


The next Metals and Electronics Recycling Event will be  

October 4, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

in the south parking lot of Machesney Park Mall.

Some metals, electronics and computers can  now be taken to the Recycle Centers. located in Rockford and Roscoe.

The first Metals Drive of 2014, saw 845 people from the Stateline area drop off water heaters, washers, dryers, grills, phones, lawnmowers, stoves and more in one day. Almost 100 volunteers transferred more than 118,000 pounds of materials to trucks to be dismantled, separated and recycled into useful products.
We have expanded our coverage to include no longer used electronics items such as video recorders, computer equipment including the CPU, monitor, keyboard and mouse. There is approximately four pounds of lead in each computer monitor which must be safely removed and processed to keep it from contaminating our safe drinking water supply. In addition, 100% of the components of each computer are recycled.  Proper recycling means that almost 100% of each computer can be reused in some way.
These charges are necessary to remove harmful chemicals from these items and certify them safe to State stadards  for recycling.
Refrigerators/Freezers $10
Air Conditioners $10
Propane Tanks $10
Dehumidifiers $10


 (Take TV’s to Mobile Station at 8061 E. State Street @ Lyford Rd (over 32″)  or to BestBuy (if under 32″)
This is a volunteer intensive project. If you would like to participate in keeping Northern Illinois beautiful and safe, call (815) 637-1343 for information or click on the VolunteerSpot button below; it’s simple as 1 – 2 – 3.      1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot:    
     2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)     
     3. Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy! Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Effective January 1, 2012, electronic devices may no longer be disposed of in landfills in Illinois. They must be disposed of through a collector/recycler/refurbisher licensed and approved by the State of Illinois. Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful has been an approved collector of electronic devices since 2010.  Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful has recycled over 3 Million Pounds of metal, household appliances, and electronics since its first Metals Drive, in 1998.

Last Update: 09/04/2014