Freeport, Illinois — As you may or may not know, as of January 1st, 2012, the Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Public Act 97-287 prohibited the disposal of e-waste (electronics) into landfills. Therefore most disposal companies no longer collect e-waste or serve as a drop-off location.
Upon getting numerous requests regarding electronic equipment disposal, we partnered with Moring Disposal to provide you with the below list of businesses who offer options for electronic item disposal.
The first section gives a great option for donation, followed by local electronic recycling options. For further information, click either of the following links to go to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (ILEPA) website for information: ILEPA – Electronic Waste Recycling or ILEPA – Fluorescent Lamp Recycling.
DONATION – VOICES Domestic Violence Program
1401 Crestwood Dr.
Freeport, IL 61032
Cellular Phones and Cellular Phone Batteries
Drop boxes for old working cell phones & batteries are at the following locations:
VOICES DV office…………………………….1401 Crestwood Drive
VOICES Book Nook…………………………………………Lincoln Mall
State Bank………………………………………………1718 Dirck Drive
Cornerstone Credit Union…………………550 W. Meadows Drive
ELECTRONIC RECYCLING – Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department
909 W. Pines Rd.
Oregon, IL 61061
Answering Machines, Calculators, Cameras, Cell phones, CD Rom Drives, Computers, Cable, Cable Receivers, Copy Machines, Credit Card Machines, Digital Converter Box, Digital Music Player, Disks, CD’s DVD’s, Fax Machines, Floppy Disk Drives, Keyboards, Laptops, Modems, Monitors, Mice (electronic), Microwave Ovens, Pagers, Phone Systems, Printers, Postage Machines, Power Tool, Projection TV’s, Projectors, Scanners, Servers, Shredders, Software, Stereo Equipment, Tablets / iPads, Tape Drives, Tape Recorders, Telephones, Typewriter, TV’s, VCR & DVD players, Video/audio tapes, Video cameras, Video Game Players, Satellite Receivers, Electric Motors, Electric Wire, Rechargable Batteries (Please no alkaline batteries)
Please remove any original packaging from electronics prior to drop-off. Large cardboard boxes, styrofoam, or other packaging associated with electronics are not accepted. Dehumidifiers, air conditioners, appliances, coffee pots, crockpots and lamps are also not accepted.
Ogle Co Solid Waste Management Dept.
County Annex Building (Health, Zoning, Solid Waste Departments)
909 W. Pines Rd.
Oregon, IL 61061
Hours: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Ogle County residents may recycle electronics on the last Friday of each month. There will be someone available to assist you in removing your electronics from your vehicle. Limit two TV or computer monitors (or one of each) per visit. $10 fee per microwave oven. Check payable to: Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department.
Each year the Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department and the Lee County Office of Solid Waste Management hold one or two collection events for recycling electronic waste. The events are alternated between the counties each year.
R&R Save the Earth Recycling
AC or DC adaptors, air cleaners, air compressors, answering machines, battery chargers, calculators, ceiling fans, cellular phones, circuit boards, clocks, clothes dryers, coffee makers, computers, curling irons, deep fryers, dehydrators, drills, electric frying pans, electric motors, electric wheel chairs, extension cords, fans, game consoles, garage door openers, gas generators, grinders, hair dryers, hot plates, humidifiers, jig saws, keyboards, laptops, lamps, lawn mowers, microwaves, mixers, monitors, note pads, old game cartridges, power cords, printer ink cartidges, printers, radios, record players, shampooers, skill saws, stoves, table saws, telephones, toasters, TV’s, vacuum cleaners, washers, welders, etc.
All AC, DC and Gas powered electronics and accessories.
Monday – Saturday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. There is a small pick up fee.
Other Items accepted (but not limited to): Aluminum storms, car batteries, copper wire, nuts and bolts, old x-rays, all types of metals, etc.
We believe that no items are too small or too big to recycle. Do you part. Let’s save the world together. So, call us TODAY to schedule a pick up.
Technology Recycling at Staples.com
Desktop Computers, Laptops, Tablets, eReaders, Monitors, Desktop Printers, Copiers, Scanners, Faxes, All-In-Ones, Shredders, UPS/Battery Backup Devices, Mice, Keyboards, Modems, Routers and PC Speakers, Ink & Toner Cartidges ($2.00 rebates are available for some eligible toner cartridges)
Small Electronics: Including GPS Devices, Digital Cameras, MP3 Players, Mobile Phones And Cordless Phones, External Hard Drives and Small Servers
Your local Staples store accepts old office technology products. They responsibly and securely recycle them at no cost to you – any brand, any condition, even if you purchased it somewhere else.
You can turn in your newer, working technology devices and receive a Staples eGift Card! See website for details.
Ogle County Hospice
1658 S. IL Route 2
Oregon, IL 61061
Cell Phones (no chargers or accessories), Small Inkjet Cartidges, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras, Digital Video Cameras
mp3 Players: Apple iPod, Microsoft Zune, Sandisk, or Creative (no other mp3 players accepted)
Handheld Game Systems: Nintendo DS Lite, Nintendo DS Original, Nintendo Gameboy Advance, and Nintendo Gameboy color (no other types accepted)
Unacceptable Items: Laser Cartridges, Fax Cartidges, Large Printer Cartridges, Desktop Computers, Tower Computers, Monitors, Printers, Scanners, Faxes, Modems, Keyboards, Mice, TV’s, etc.
Universal Recycling Technologies
Kelley Williamson Mobil Stations:
550 Southrock Dr.
or 8061 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61102
Consumer electronics (e.g., cell phones, computers and computer equipment, laptops, TVs), office equipment, circuit boards, and power supplies.
They are open for recycling your items during regular Kelley Williamson Mobil business hours.
Goodwill & Dell
The Reconnect Program on Dellreconnect.com
Goodwill also has other donation opportunities for working electronics and cell phones, etc.
Any unwanted computer equipment
Goodwill and Dell have developed a partnership to form a free drop off program called Reconnect.
Drop Off Locations:
Goodwill stores in Machesney Park, Rockford, Freeport, Sterling, DeKalb, Ottawa, McHenry, Huntley and Beloit, Wisconsin. See website for more address locations.
All value recovered from the program will go to Goodwill to support job training and employment service programs.
Fluorescent Lamp Recycling
Sullivan’s Ace Hardware
707 N. Elida St.
Winnebago, IL 61088
Expired, unbroken CFL bulbs.
Please see clerk for details.