Computers & Electronics

The Illinois Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act prohibits disposing of unwanted electronics in regular trash for burial in landfills starting Jan. 1, 2012.  The following is a complete list of items banned from landfills:

Televisions
Monitors
Printers
Computers (laptop, notebook, netbook, tablet, desktop)
Electronic Keyboards
Facsimile (FAX) Machines
Videocassette Recorders (VCRs)
Portable Digital Music Players
Digital Video Disc (DVD) Players
Video Game Consoles
Small Scale Servers
Scanners
Electronic Mice
Digital Converter Boxes
Cable Receivers
Satellite Receivers
Digital Video Disc Recorders
 
Eligible Electronic Devices
Cell Phones
Portable Digital Assistant (PDA)
Computer Cables
External Drives (Zip, Syquest, etc.)

These products typically contain many valuable metals that can be recycled. A list of registered electronic waste (e-waste) collection sites and information for manufacturers, collectors, recyclers, and refurbishers is available on the Electronic Waste Recycling page.

Most computer monitors and older televisions include a (cathode ray) picture tube that contains from 4-8 pounds of lead and other hazardous and toxic substances such as cadmium, chromium, and mercury. Disposal of these items are closely controlled by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

Virtually every part and component of a computer or other electronic device can be recycled or reused!
Printers, keyboards, mice, scanners, etc., are included.

For Reuse:

Computers for Schools (at Bridgeway, formerly Illinois Growth Enterprises)

For Resale: (working order only)

Goodwill

Salvation Army

Salvage Too/Rockford Re-Use Center

Sharestuff

Recycling in Winnebago County:

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful

Comment:  No CRT monitors or TVs accepted at Roscoe or Rockford Recycle Centers.
 
Rockford Recycle Center
4665 Hydraulic Road
Rockford, IL 61109
815-637-1343
2-5 p.m. Tuesdays and 9 a.m.-Noon Saturdays
 
Roscoe Recycle Center
13125 N. Second Street
Roscoe, IL 61073
815-637-1343
9 am-Noon Saturdays only

Recycling in Boone County:

State Highway Maintenance area
9759 IL Rte 76
Belvidere, IL
815-362-1319
Weekdays during business hours
 

For Recycling in Stephenson County:

Moring Disposal
657 N. Van Buren Rd.
Freeport, IL
815-935-3602
 
Last Update:  9/12/16