Chicago: Electronics Recycling Events

From April through December, the City of Chicago hosts dozens of drop-off electronics recycling events across the city, making it easier than ever to dispose of your electronics properly. 

What's accepted?

The following household electronics (and only these) are accepted:

Cell Phones •  Computers • Video Game Consoles • Computer Monitors • Portable Digital Music Players • TVs • Digital Converter Boxes • Printer, Fax, Scanners • Cable & Satellite Receivers • Keyboards & Mice • Small-Scale Servers • VCRs, DVD Players and Recorders

Electronics from businesses are not accepted. 

It's the law, and it's good for the environment too.  

Old electronics are chockful of precious metals and rare earth elements that are in short supply.  They also contain toxic chemicals that should not end up in a landfill.  That's why dozens of states, including the State of Illinois, have electronic recycling or 'e-waste' laws that require that old electronics be responsibly recycled. 

 Drop-off Locations 

Please note that once the truck is full, no more electronics will be accepted. Materials should not be left outside of operating hours. ONLY the electronics listed above are eligible for recycling. 

Commercial and other residential electronics are not accepted.  Note that the Household Chemicals and Computer Recycling Facility (HCCRF) at 1150 North Branch Street also accepts household chemicals

Prefer a calendar view of the events?

Visit the schedule lookup page. Just enter your home address to access the calendar which includes recycling and trash pickup dates and as upcoming recycling events. 

Drop-off Procedure 

All you need to do is roll up with your electronics in your trunk or back of the car.  You will be asked to remain in the vehicle and automatically open your trunk or back door.  A service attendant will remove the electronics for you.  

Are your old electronics still working? 

For electronics in working order, please consider trading in, selling, or donating them rather than recycling.  Allowing your unwanted electronics to be reused provides more environmental benefits than recycling, and you can recoup some of your original cost too.

Some major electronics retailers, such as Best Buy, Apple, and Dell offer trade-in programs for used electronics (any brand). And most will allow you to verify the trade-in value of your items online and provide a return shipping label so you don't have to visit the store.  Visit the guide for more electronics recycling and trade-in options

Another option for your working electronics is to list them on popular consumer-to-consumer marketplaces such as eBay, Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and Nextdoor's classified sections. It takes a bit more effort but might reward you with more money in return. 



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