Do you still have that ancient computer monitor sitting in the garage, or that pile of cell phone stashed in a drawer? Load them up and bring them to a public household electronic recycling event at the University of Ilinois-Chicago on Saturday, September 19th from 9 am - 2 pm at 1135 S. Halsted Street, parking lot 6. The event is free and open to the public.
In 2007, we generated over three million tons of e-waste in the U.S.; over 157 million computers and parts and 126 million cell phones were thrown away. That's adding a lot of valuable resources and hazardous materials to our landfills. The best thing to do is to follow the 3Rs hierarchy: reduce, reuse, recycle. Look at reducing your need for electronics, then find a way to reuse those you don't need anymore. As a last resort, recycle those items you have no use for anymore rather than throwing them away.
UIC e-waste recycling event info