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Residential Electronics Collection on October 16, 2021

About Residential Electronics Collection (REC) events…

Held twice a year in Champaign, in mid-May and mid-October. Participants MUST register in advance to select a time to attend the REC event. The online advance registration for the October 16 REC event opened in early September this year. 

Online Registration: Online registration for the next electronics collection event on Saturday, October 16, 2021 from 8am to noon is NOW FULL!  However, if you’d like to be placed on the waiting list, please email your information to recycling@champaignil.gov or call 1-217-403-4780.  (We will need your mailing address and cell phone number, if you have one.)

At the REC event, registered participants can bring up to seven electronic items per household, with a limit of up to four TVs per household at no charge. All sizes, types, & models of TV’s will be accepted, including CRT tube TV’s.  There is a seven-item total limit of eligible electronics items.  Please visit the online registration website for a complete list of accepted and non-accepted items.

Open only to residents of participating communities in Champaign County. A list of participating communities will be posted soon. If you have questions about electronics recycling, contact your local government recycling coordinator:

City of Urbana residents: Courtney Kwong, 217.384-2302 or crkwong@urbanaillinois.us

City of Champaign residents: Nichole Millage, 217.403-4780 or nichole.millage@champaignil.gov

Other Champaign County residents: Susan Monte, 217.819-4127 or smonte@co.champaign.il.us

Electronics Banned from Illinois Landfills on January 2012

Local waste haulers no longer can accept the following 17 categories of electronic items banned from Illinois landfills:

  • Televisions
  • Monitors
  • Printers
  • Computers (laptops, notebooks, netbooks, tablets)
  • Electronic keyboards
  • Facsimile (fax) machines
  • Videocassette recorders (VCRs)
  • Digital video disc players (DVD players)
  • Digital video recorders (DVR)
  • Video game consoles
  • Small scale servers
  • Scanners
  • Electronic mice
  • Digital converter boxes
  • Cable receivers
  • Satellite receivers
  • Portable digital music players

Why These Elecronics are Banned from Illinois Landfills

  • Many electronic products contain toxic lead, mercury, cadmium, and other materials that pose environmental and health risks that must be managed.
  • Many electronic items contain metals, plastics, or leaded glass that can be recycled into basic commodities or products, and then re-marketed for re-use.
  • The re-use of these components conserves natural resources and energy, and contributes to reduced air and water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

Limited Year-Round Options for Residents: Where to bring TVs

No local retailer or nonprofit accepts all shapes, sizes, and types of nonworking TVs, specifically: large projection TVs, wooden console TVs, and Cathode Ray Tube TVs larger than 32 inches in diameter.

 

Best Buy ….. Bring your unwanted tv to Best Buy

Location: 2117 N Prospect Ave, Champaign, during business hours only. Phone: (217) 352-8883

Best Buy will charge a recycle fee of $25 per TV and will accept up to two TVs per household per day. The types of TVs accepted for a fee at Best Buy includes the following types of TV, working or nonworking and intact (not in pieces):

    • Cathode Ray Tube TVs smaller than 32 inches diameter
    • Flat Panel TVs: LCD, Plasma, or LED TVs smaller than 50”
    • Portable TVs. Note: Best Buy will NOT take a wood console TV of any size or projection TVs.

 

Habitat for Humanity ReStore …. Only donate your working Flat Panel TVs to Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Location: 119 East University Avenue, Champaign, during business hours only: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm and Sat 10am –4pm

Habitat ReStore will accept only working flat-panel TVs for free. Flat-Panel TVs are flat in the back and can be mounted on the wall. Habitat does not accept broken or non-working flat panel TVs or other type of TVs.

 

Salt & Light …. Bring your working Flat Panel TV to Salt & Light in Urbana

Location: 1819 S. Philo Rd, Urbana, during business hours only: Mon-Sat 9am-8pm

Only accepts working Flat panel TVs. Flat-Panel TVs are flat in the back and can be mounted on the wall.

Year-Round Options for Residents: Where to bring Computer Monitors

Goodwill

Accepts computer monitors (working or non-working) for free.

Both cathode-ray-tube computer monitors or flat-panel computer monitors accepted.

Locations:

Champaign Store, 912 W. Anthony

Drop-off during business hours at store: Mon-Sat 9 am-7 pm and Sunday noon-6 pm

Savoy Store, 1201 Savoy Plaza Lane

Drop-off during business hours at store: Mon-Sat 9 am-8pm and Sunday noon-7 pm.

 

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Accepts only flat-panel computer monitors that work for free. Important: No other type of working computer

monitor accepted.

Location: 119 E University Avenue, Champaign

Drop-off during business hours at store: Mon-Fri 10 am-4 pm

 

Staples

Accepts computer monitors only, including cathode-ray-tube (CRT), LED/LD, or plasma computer monitors, working or non-working, for free.

Important: Staples will not accept CRT computer monitors with a broken or cracked leaded glass screen. 7-item limit per household per day.

Location: 2005 N Prospect Avenue, Champaign

Drop-off in store only: Mon-Fri 8 am-9 pm, Sat 9 am-9 pm, and Sunday 10 am-6 pm

Year-Round Options for Residents: Where to bring Other Electronics Items for Recycling*

*Other banned E-waste Items, not including TVs or Computer Monitors

 

Mervis Recycling

Location: 3008 N Cunningham Ave, Urbana

Drop-off times: Mon-Fri 8 am—5 pm and Saturday 8 am—noon

 

Best Buy

Location: 2117 N Prospect Ave, Champaign

Drop-off times: During business hours only. Phone: (217) 352-8883

Visit Best Buy ‘electronics recycling’ website for information regarding additional limitations

 

Goodwill

Locations:

Champaign Store, 912 W. Anthony

Drop-off during business hours at store: Mon-Sat 9 am-7 pm and Sunday noon-6 pm

Savoy Store, 1201 Savoy Plaza Lane

Drop-off during business hours at store: Mon-Sat 9 am-9 pm and Sunday 11 am -7 pm

 

Mack’s Twin City Recycling

Location: 2808 N Lincoln Ave, Urbana

Drop-off times: Mon-Fri, 8 am—4 pm and Saturday 8 am—11:30 am

 

Staples

Location: 2005 N Prospect Avenue, Champaign

Drop-off in store only: Mon-Fri 8 am-9 pm, Sat 9 am-9 pm, and Sunday 10 am-6 pm

7-item limit per household per day

These listings are not intended to constitute company endorsements.