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E-Recycling Programs
Currently Wast Management does not offer E-Recycling programs in the Elburn area. However, Kane County does offer multiple drop-off days throughout the year for recycling electronic products. The drop-ff location is at the Kane County Circuit Clerk Office on Randall Road in St. Charles.

Cell Phone Drop Off
The Village of Elburn Police Department and Kaneland Middle School Office also accept cell phones. They can be dropped off at the Elburn Police Department, 301 E. North Street, Elburn, IL and at the Kaneland Middle School Office, 1N137 Meredith Road, Maple Park, IL.

Electronic Recycling
Beginning January 1, 2012, electronic equipment will no longer be collected with regular trash because of a new landfill ban in Illinois. Until recently the majority of outdated electronics were thrown in the landfill wasting valuable resources. Unwanted electronics must now by law be taken to a registered recycler for proper management. There will soon be many new opportunities added to the existing electronics recycling drop-offs and collection events in Kane County. Recycling at these locations is free to the public.

Electronic Products Recycling & Reuse Act
The Illinois Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act, which took effect in 2008, required manufacturers to establish a recycling program for discarded and unwanted electric products, if they sell their products in Illinois. This newest phase (P.A. 97-0287) has expanded the list of electronic items banned from state's 48 active landfills.

Accepted Electronic Items
There are 17 electronic products listed in the statewide recycling legislation, including televisions, monitors, printers, computers, mice, keyboards, fax machines, game consoles, VCRs, and DVD players. The complete list of electronic items included in the ban may be found on the Illinois EPA website. Most collection points will accept many more items than are listed in the legislation, like cell phones and small household appliances. White goods (large appliances) are not included. Please see the county website under R for recycling, for a complete list of items accepted for collection. 

Additional Information
Electronics contain a variety of valuable resources as well as potentially toxic contaminants. Recycling the metals, plastics, and glass from electronic items conserves natural resources and uses far less energy than mining or refining raw materials, which include gold, cadmium, lead, and silver. Electronics manufacturers are required to collect and refurbish or recycle a certain amount of electronics based on a percentage of the products they sell. Manufacturers work with certified recycling companies to help them meet their recycling goal. Recycling companies typically work with local governments to provide free collection for residents.