SWANCC has established an Electronics Recycling Program for televisions, computers, and other electronic materials for member communities.
Electronics Disclaimer, May 2010
In September 2009, Illinois became the 16th state to adopt an electronics recycling law known as the Electronics Products Recycling and Reuse Act. This legislation bans certain electronic items, mainly computers and televisions, from IL landfills. The IL EPA posts a list of approved electronic waste Collectors, Recyclers and Refurbishers at epa.state.il.us/land/electronic-waste-recycling/recycler-list.html.
The following electronics recyclers are not an endorsement by SWANCC, simply a listing of options. It is recommended by SWANCC that you research the downstream recycling practices of any company listed prior to giving them your old electronics.
The Federal Electronics Challenge provides a checklist to assist businesses, municipalities, schools, etc. with the selection of responsible electronics recycling services. For more information, visit federalelectronicschallenge.net.
To learn about the dangers of exporting electronic waste to Third World Countries, visit the Basel Action Network at ban.org.
Supply-Chain Services is SWANCC's recycling contractor:
Supply-Chain Services, Inc. (SSI)
250 W. North Ave, Lombard
Call for details and pricing.
1200 N Milwaukee Ave, Glenview
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm (closed on Wednesdays and Sundays)
Free recycling of most electronics, large appliances and small appliances (e.g., computers, hair dryers, microwaves, toasters, humidifiers).
Abt also recycles cardboard, white polystyrene (styrofoam) and plastic packaging material. Please bring your recyclables to the Recycling Center, the freestanding building located just west of the main building.
Trade-in an iPhone, iPad, Mac or PC desktop or notebook computer for a gift card, recycle your iPod for a discount on a new one, or recycle any brand computer, monitor, or cell phone at no charge.
Sell or recycle audio gear from the 1960s-1980s. Call Brian at (847) 840-1359 for information.
Stores accept most consumer electronics (up to 3 items per household per day), including tube TVs and monitors up to 32 inches, flat-panel TVs and monitors up to 60 inches, computers and notebooks, small electronics, MP3s and DVD players, fans, home and car audio, vacuums, keyboards, mice and remotes free of charge. Trade-In program allows consumers to exchange select gently used electronics for a Best Buy gift card. Recycling kiosks at all stores for rechargeable batteries, cell phones, inkjet and toner cartridges and wires, cords and cables.
CExchange (Consumer Electronics Exchange)
Works with manufacturers, retailers and consumers. Accepts many consumer electronics products and adheres to no-landfill policy.
Chicago's Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility
1150 N North Branch St, Chicago
Operated by the City of Chicago and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA).
Tuesdays: 7:00 am to 12:00 pm
Thursdays: 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
1st Saturday of month: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Residential waste only (no business or commercial sector waste).
This facility accepts many additional items for recycling. See site for details.
1551 North Dryden Avenue, Arlington Heights
Donate any brand of computer equipment to Reconnect, a partnership between Dell and Goodwill Industries. See website for drop-off locations. You may also recycle Dell computers and peripherals free at any Staples store.
Electronics Recycling Services
Works with manufacturers, retailers and consumers.
9901 S Torrence Ave, Chicago
Accepts computer and electronic equipment, lamps, ballasts and microwaves in addition to "white goods" (refrigerators, dishwashers, ranges, washers and dryers). Also accepts batteries and thermostats. Call for pricing.
Buys gently used electronics. See website for information.
See website for Consumer Buyback & Planet Partners Recycling information. You may also recycle inkjet and laser jet cartridges and rechargeable batteries.
LifeSpan Technology Recycling
Large- and small-scale technology recycling, including computers, printers, monitors, telephone gear and fax machines.
Primarily for businesses.
Midwest Laser Cartridge Corporation
310 Busse Hwy, Unit 360, Park Ridge
Recycles printers, copiers, scanners and fax machines. Also recycles inkjet, toner and fax cartridges.
Buy a tech recycling box in-store and fill with as many acceptable items as will fit, including CRT and LCD monitors, fax machines, desktop and laptop PCs, printers, scanners, computer peripherals, telephones, digital cameras, video cameras, VCRs, DVD players, MP3 players, small TVs, cables.
Small box 8”H x 15”D x 18”W $5
Medium box 20”H x 16”D x 16”W $10
Large box 24”H x 18”D x 18”W $15
Trade & Save Program provides in-store and online opportunities to sell or recycle small electronics. See website for details.
Recycle 4 Cash
Cash offered for obsolete electronics. See website for value of computers, monitors, cell phones, MP3 players, cameras and more. Pre-paid shipping labels available.
Sam's Club Mail-in Program
The Sam's Club Trade-In and Recycle Program is available only to members of Sam's Club who elect to trade in or recycle any qualifying consumer electronic product currently offered by the program. Based on the configuration and condition of your item, Sam's Club will offer to purchase your item at the value displayed by the trade-in value estimator. Shipping for both trade-in and recycled items is free.
Samsung Recycling Direct
Check website for information on recycling Samsung products at various locations.
Offers a technology trade-in program for newer working electronics and free recycling for older electronics. Also offers free recycling for rechargeable batteries and cell phones. See link for items accepted.
Think Green From Home (Waste Management)
Delivers electronic recycling kit in choice of three sizes, with a return-shipping label. See website for prices and information about types of electronics accepted.