Lee, Ogle electronics recycling event set for Sept. 23-24

Lee County and Ogle County will be jointly hosting their Sixth annual Electronics Recycling Event on Friday, Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 24. The collection event will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday. It will be located at Kreider Services, Inc., 500 Anchor Rd., Dixon.

This electronic recycling event is open to residents, businesses and institutions in Lee and Ogle counties. A wide range of electronics equipment will be accepted, including computers and peripherals, office equipment, and entertainment and visual equipment. More specifically, the following items will be accepted: PCs, main frames, modems, printers, monitors, key boards, drives, plotters, scanners, telephones, cellular phones, answering machines, calculators, shredders, fax machines, pagers, copy machines, microwave ovens, rechargeable batteries, TVs, VCRs, stereo equipment, joy sticks, cameras, camcorders, and video game players. Items that will not be accepted include large appliances, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, fans, vacuum cleaners, smoke detectors, tapes, CDs, software and household hazardous waste (e.g., used oil, paint, solvents, etc.).

Most electronic equipment contains hazardous materials such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and other toxic components, which can present health and environmental hazards. The equipment also contains many recyclable materials, which can be separated, sorted, and returned to the economic mainstream in the form of new products, thereby saving natural resources.

The Lee County Office of Solid Waste Management and the Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department will be teaming with Classic Computer Recovery, Inc. of Gurnee, Ill., to help coordinate the event, process the materials and ultimately recycle what is collected.

Residents and businesses will be able to come to the collection event either day. Businesses that have 20 or more pieces of equipment are asked to call the Solid Waste Coordinator for their county for more information and details. (The coordinator for Lee County is Dave Anderson, who can be reached at (815) 857-4141, and the Ogle County Coordinator is Steve Rypkema, who can be reached at (815) 732-4020.) Volunteers are needed to help direct traffic, survey participants and unload the equipment.

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