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New recycling drop-off open

OREGON – The Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department has announced a new pilot program, the Ogle County Residential Electronics Recycling Drop-off Program in honor of America Recycles Day.

OCSWMD is working with the Byron Forest Preserve District and Universal Recycling Technologies to provide two new drop-off sites to make electronics recycling more convenient for county residents.

Beginning Friday, electronics may be dropped off from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the last Saturday of the month at the large, marked, shipping containers at the OCSWMD parking lot, 909 W. Pines Road.

Another drop-off point is at the Byron Forest Preserve District Stone Quarry parking lot, 6845 North German Church Road, Byron. The hours are 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and during the day on the first weekend of the month (closed at dark and on holidays).

Acceptable items are adding and answering machines, cables, cable receivers, calculators, cameras, camcorders, two-way radios, CD ROM drives, cellphones, telephones, computers, laptops, copiers, fax, scanners, digital clocks, converter boxes,  music players, and video disc recorders, discs, CDs, computer mouses, floppy disk,  hard, and zip drives, intercom systems, joysticks, game controls, and keyboards. Microwaves, modems, monitors, pagers, palm organizers, hand held games, portable radios and CD players, postage machines, printers, projectors, routers, satellite receivers, servers, shredders, software, stereo equipment, speakers and receivers, switch boxes, tablets, iPads, iPods, PDAs, tape recorders, TVs, projection TVs, typewriters and word processors, UPS (battery backups), VCR or DVD and laser disc players, and video game players also will be accepted.

Do not dump any other waste into the container than what is listed above.

Only residential-generated electronic items are accepted. No business electronics are allowed. Businesses may contact OCSWMD at 815-732-4020 for other options.

Take electronics to the drop-off site only during open hours.

Unload and stack items carefully in container. No help is available at the site. Do not leave items outside of the container.

Once items have been placed in container they become the property of URT.

The sponsors are not responsible for injuries or stolen items.

The OCSWMD recommends residents clean the hard drive in computers and other memory devices being recycled to protect privacy and data. Go to for instructions. It is the duty of the user of the recycling program to ensure data erasure.

The OCSWMD or the Byron Forest Preserve District assumes no responsibility to protect electronic data remaining in any electronics deposited in the containers.

Once received by URT, all hard drives will either be wiped clean using a secure three-step process, or will be shredded and destroyed before recycling. As a certified e-Stewards recycler, URT adheres to the strictest security and environmental guidelines for recycling and downstream accountability.

This pilot program will supplement the special electronics recycling events held in Lee and Ogle counties each year. For more information, call the OCSWMD at 815-732-4020.

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