Computers & Electronics (E-Waste)

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 (link lists local disposal options)
Monitors (link lists local disposal options)
Computers, except monitor (including laptop, notebook, netbook, tablet, desktop, CPUs and drives, but not all-in-one units including screens such as imac)
Electronic Keyboards
Facsimile (FAX) Machines
Videocassette Recorders (VCRs)
Portable Digital Music Players
Digital Video Disc (DVD) Players
Video Game Consoles
Small Scale Servers
Electronic Mice
Digital Converter Boxes
Cable Receivers
Satellite Receivers
Digital Video Disc Recorders
Cell Phones
Portable Digital Assistant (PDA)
Computer Cables
External Drives (Zip, Syquest, etc.)

The above products typically contain valuable metals that can be recycled.

Registered electronic waste (e-waste) collection sites

Information for manufacturers, collectors, recyclers, and refurbishers: Electronic Waste Recycling.

Most computer monitors (CRTs) and older televisions include a 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, call first)


Salvation Army

Salvage Too/Rockford Re-Use Center


Winnebago County

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful

No CRT monitors or TVs accepted at Roscoe Recycle Center
Starting July 8, 2017, Rockford Recycle Center will accept up to 2 TVs or CRT Monitors or combination, per vehicle, per day.
Rockford Recycle Center
4665 Hydraulic Road
Rockford, IL 61109
2-5 p.m. Tuesdays and 9 a.m.-Noon Saturdays
Roscoe Recycle Center
13125 N. Second Street
Roscoe, IL 61073
9 am-Noon Saturdays only

Boone County

(residents only)

County Highway Maintenance area
9759 IL Rte 76
Belvidere, IL
Weekdays during business hours

Ogle County

Stephenson County

Moring Disposal

Links to several e-waste disposal options