According to the U.S. EPA, consumer electronics, including TVs and other video equipment, computers, assorted peripherals, audio equipment, and phones, make up almost 2% of the municipal solid waste stream. Although electronics comprise a small percentage of the total solid waste stream, the quantity of electronic waste that we are generating is steadily increasing.
In 1998, the National Safety Council Study estimated about 20 million computers became obsolete in one year. Fast forward to 2007, that number has more than doubled according to EPA's most recent estimates.
Recycling electronics helps reduce pollution that would be generated while manufacturing a new product and the need to extract valuable and limited virgin resources. It also reduces the energy used in new product manufacturing.
Local Electronic Waste Recycling Drop Off Programs
City of Evanston
The City of Evanston has partnered with Recycling Avenue, an organization that provides job opportunities for the physically challenged, to collect electronic waste for recycling.
Community members may drop off cell phones, cordless phones, digital cameras, video recorders, laptop computers, MP3 players and ink cartridges for recycling at the following locations during normal business hours:
Evanston Levy Senior Center
300 Dodge Ave
M - F: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat, Sun: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
2024 McCormick Blvd., Evanston, IL 60201
Mon.-Fri.: 8:30am-5pm Sat: 9am-4:30pm
Summer office hours: Mon.-Fri.: 9am-4:30pm
Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC)
SWANCC’s Area drop off programs are available to assist residents with collecting old electronics and to ensure environmentally-safe recycling of these materials, SWANCC has developed the Electronics Recycling Drop-off Program to collect electronics on an ongoing basis.
Each location will accept items from all SWANCC residents. Please note that only the acceptable items listed on the left of the SWANCC webpage will be allowed at the drop-off locations.
Several industry leaders, including Samsung, Sony, and Panasonic, Sharp, and Toshiba (through the recycling consortium, the Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Management Company) have expanded their current recycling opportunities. To find a program near you, visit the EPA National TV Recycling Challenge website.
SWANCC's online Electronics Recycling Guide
Earth 911 - online recycling drop off program locator