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Get rid of your old electronics

Two events have been scheduled for April where local residents can recycle electronic items.

Since Jan. 1, many electronics – including TVs, computers, video game consoles and VCR/DVD players – have been banned from Illinois landfills.

The first event is the biannual Electronics Recycling Collection on April 14 conducted by the DeKalb County Solid Waste Management Program and the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.

The event is funded by the DeKalb County Solid Waste fund and is offered at no charge to county residents. Photo ID is required. The DeKalb Kiwanis Club and Sycamore High School’s Environmental Club and Key Club will provide workers.

There is a limit of two monitors per resident. A TV is considered a monitor. There is no limit to other electronic items. Household batteries (AAA, AA, A, C, D, 9 volt, etc.) and compact fluorescent bulbs also will be accepted for proper disposal/recycling.

It is not necessary to sort batteries by type. Microwave ovens and automotive batteries will not be accepted.

The collection will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the DeKalb County Health Department’s parking lot at 2550 N. Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb. Enter the parking lot from the Dresser Road entrance only. The event will end at 1 p.m. or earlier if the trailer space is full.

For more information, call Christel Springmire at 815-748-2408 or visit

The second event will be April 19 and is a joint effort of Habitat for Humanity of Illinois, a student project team in an undergraduate business course at Northern Illinois University and Vintage Tech Recyclers to host a free electronics recycling day.

No appointment is needed, and the event is open to individuals, businesses, schools, hospitals and municipalities.

Volunteers will be available to unload electronics from cars. Proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity of Illinois to help build and repair homes, according to a news release from Habitat for Humanity.

Acceptable items include PC’s, laptops, monitors, printers, scanners, copiers, fax machines, keyboards, TVs, cellphones, modems, cables, mice, zip drives, video game consoles, IPods, DVD players, VCRs, CD drives, stereos, MP3 players, radios, calculators, servers, networking equipment, cameras, camcorders, fans, microwaves, telephones, pagers, answering machines, toasters, blenders, battery backups, adding machines, postage meters and typewriters. Batteries should be removed from all items.

All materials will be recycled by Vintage Tech Recyclers.

The event will be from 2-7 p.m. at the NIU Convocation Center, 1525 W. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb.

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