The Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department, in partnership with the Lee County Office of Solid Waste Management and Secure Recycling Services, will conduct an electronic waste collection from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 20 at the SRS facility, 629 Palmyra Road in Dixon.
As of Jan. 1, 2012, the state banned electronic devices from landfills to help protect the environment.
Obsolete electronic devices contain recyclable materials and heavy metals, which can harm the environment if not properly managed.
SRS is a nonprofit company, which is recognized by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency as an authorized collector, recycler, and re-furbisher of electronic waste.
It provides data destruction, proper handling, and de-manufacturing of electronics being recycled.
Acceptable items are adding machines, answering machines, cameras, CDs, DVDs, CD and DVD players, CD-ROM drives, calculators, cell phones, computer cables, computers, computer monitors, credit card machines, disk players, fax machines, floppy disk drives, ink cartridges, joy sticks, keyboards, main frames, medical equipment, microwaves ($10 fee per unit), and modems. Pagers, professional digital assistants, postage machines, printers, projectors, scanners, servers, shredders, stereo equipment, tape drives, telephones, telephone systems, terminals, televisions, toner cartridges, VCRs, video game equipment, and zip drives also will be accepted.
Memory devices should be cleared of information before recycling.
OCSWMD and SRS assume no responsibility to protect any electronic data on electronics recycled through this program.
Go to oglecounty.org for instructions on removing data from a hard drive.
This collection is intended for residential electronic waste generated from local households.
For recycling information on electronic waste generated from businesses, contact the OCSWMD for recyling options.
This collection is in addition to the monthly drop-off program of electronics for Ogle County residents from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the last Friday of the month at the OCSWMD, 909 W. Pines Road, Oregon.
For more information, visit the website or call the OCSWMD office at 815-732-4020.