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Electronics Recycling: You can't put that old TV at the curb anymore

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Now that the holiday excitement has quieted down, everyone has had time to check out all of their new TVs, tablet computers, smart phones, game consoles, and other electronics. That means it's time to get rid of some of the old stuff to clear out the clutter and make room for your new toys and gadgets.

Tossing all of those old electronics into the trash, however, can have serious consequences. First, laws that took effect in 2012 have made it illegal to put unwanted electronic devices at the curb for pickup. Second, according to the Environmental Law and Policy center, these items contain toxic materials such as lead, mercury, and arsenic along with valuable and reusable materials such as copper, plastic and glass and are contributing millions of tons of waste into landfills.

Reuse and Recycle

Figuring out how to use that doorstop of a laptop or paperweight of a cell phone might be tricky for you. Luckily, it's not tricky for places like Vintage Tech Recyclers in Romeoville. If your unwanted electronics can be used in any way, they'll figure it out. If not, they have the technology and knowledge to disassemble and properly recycle everything from computers and printers to coffee makers, hair styling appliances, tools, and more. They provide pick-up service and will take responsibility for removing your information from hard drives and labels. If they make a profit off of your materials, you'll get some of it.

City of Aurora Recycling

The City of Aurora provides their own recycling program utilizing the services of Vintage Tech Recyclers. Pickups can be scheduled by appointment, or you can drop off your unwanted items from 9:00 a.m. To 1:00 p.m. on scheduled Saturdays throughout the year. For dates and locations, visit the city's Announcement page or by calling (630) 256-INFO. To schedule a pickup with Vintage Tech Recyclers, call (630) 305-0922.

Items Eligible for Recycling

The City of Aurora and Vintage Tech Recyclers accept the following items:

  • Computer Equipment: monitors, computers, laptops, scanners, printers, accessories, etc.

  • Gaming Equipment: consoles, games, controllers, etc.

  • Communication: telephones, cell phones, answering machines, personal digital assistants (PDAs)

  • Sound and Video: Televisions, MP3 players, cameras, camcorders and accessories, DVD players, stereos, VCRs

Other kitchen appliances such as refrigerators and stoves, and other large appliances are not accepted through the city's program. Vintage Tech Recyclers accepts some miscellaneous household items such as coffee makers and and mixers through their pickup program, see the list here. For large appliances such as stoves and refrigerators, there are many local recycling companies that offer pickup service.

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