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Electronic items contain chemicals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. If not properly recycled, these chemicals can make their way from landfills into our soil, water and air. KEEP E-waste OUT of the LANDFILLS.


In 2013, Illinois residents recycled more than 20 million pounds of electronics. Electronic manufacturing companies are required to fund electronic recycling. There is a formula which requires them to pay for the number of pounds of electronic recycling equal to the pounds sold.  Twenty million pounds exceeds what they sold in the year.

Many drop off sites in and around DuPage County are currently on hold for the time being.

Several of us are working on new opportunities, such as increasing the number of curbside collection programs.  In the meantime, please double check with each individual drop off site to be sure it is still operating and confirm what is being accepted at that specific location before loading up your car with electronics. 


Accepted Items Vary - ALWAYS CONFIRM WITH EACH LOCATION WHAT THEY ACCEPT: Computers, TV's, printers, fax machines, radios, microwaves, vacuum cleaners (please REMOVE dust collection bag), small appliances, (coffee makers, toasters, curling irons, hair dryers), Rechargeable household batteries, toner cartridges. Visit the links for each retail location to view a list of what they accept.

NO hazardous waste accepted at any collection

Locations in DuPage County


Who can use it?


Details & Hours


Free and open to any resident (no commercial)

commuter lot at Main Street & Parkside Ave, Lombard

1st Saturday each month from 9 a.m.-noon

 April – November


Traffic enters off Main Street.



4930 Lincoln Avenue, (IL Rt. 53) Lisle

3rd Saturday of each month


West Chicago (Groot)

Free drop off. Only available to West Chicago Residents.

1995 Powis Road

West Chicago



Contact Groot at (877) 775-1200 with any questions


DuPage County Residents only

Public Works Storage Yard, 820 W. Liberty Drive (near Wheaton Police Department)

Second Saturdays of each month



For Wheaton Residents Only. 

Curbside Pick up

call Advanced Disposal Services at 630-587-8282 at least one day before your garbage day.

1 Garbage sticker per item. Smaller items can be bundled, up to 4 small items for one sticker.

*The City and garbage hauler are not responsible for the security of items placed at the curb.


Residents with Groot as waste hauler

Curbside Pick up

call (877) 775-1200 to arrange pick up. Cost is $30 and includes up to 6 items.

**Residents are encouraged to contact their waste hauler to inquire if they have a curbside electronics pick up service.

***Please call for details on what items each program accepts




Best Buy

Free program. *Limit of 3 items per household per day. Only for residential electronics.

Please visit for complete list of accepted items specific to Illinois


Free program. Accept electronics in working condition as well as nonworking:

Cell phones, tablets, computers, computer parts & accessories, Printers, Scanners, cables & cords, software, Ink & Toner cartridges **No longer accepts Televisions of Any Kind**

Please call your local Goodwill for hours and to confirm they can accept your donation.

Visit for more info

Office Depot

Free recycling of cell phones, rechargeable batteries, ink & toner cartridges

Paid program for other household electronics Small box : $5, Medium: $10, Large : $15

Accepted items: Monitors (CRTs, LCD) Desktop and Laptop PCs and computer accessories (mice, keyboards, speakers, etc.), Fax machines, printers/all-in-ones, scanners, Digital and video cameras, VCRS, DVD players, MP3 players, small televisions, Cords and cables

Visit for details andto download a list of accepted items


*Limit 6 items per customer per day

Free, Secure recycling - any brand, any condition

Visit for accepted technology products.

The Habitat for Humanity Restore

869 S Rohlwing Rd (Rte 53) Addison

Accepts: working condition light fixtures, lamps, ceiling fans & appliances (less than 7 years old, neutral colors), window air conditioners.

Drop off Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Offer a pick-up service for select large donations. - See more at: 

*SCARCE and programs listed are not liable for data removal or protection. Back up your data and wipe your hard drive before dropping off your equipment. There are free programs available online to erase your hard drive.


Cell Phone & Printer Cartridge Recycling

At SCARCE we accept cell phones and ink jet cartridges (remember to remove the cartridge before you recycle your broken printer).



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