October 23, 2012

Don't Throw Away Your Electronics

The State of Illinois has mandated that, effective January 1, 2012, certain electronics may no longer be disposed of in landfills. Therefore, beginning January 1, River Forest residents will no longer be able to place any of the following electronic products in their refuse or recycling for disposal:

•Computer monitors
•Printers and scanners
•Computers (including tablet computers)
•Keyboards and other computer components (mice, speakers, etc)
•Facsimile machines
•VCRs and DVD players
•Portable digital music players
•CD Players and stereo components
•Video game consoles
•Small scale servers
•Digital converter boxes, cable and satellite receivers
•Cell Phones
•Cordless Phones

To assist residents in the disposal of their electronic devices, the Village of River Forest has partnered with Vintage Tech Recyclers to offer free, quarterly electronics waste recycling events. Starting this January, residents will be able to drop off their electronic devices to Vintage Tech representatives to be recycled in an environmentally safe manner.

The quarterly events, which will take place on the last Saturday of the month, will occur on the following dates in 2012:
•January 28th
•April 28th
•July 28th
•October 27th

The quarterly recycling events will take place from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in the west Thatcher parking lot located on the west side of the 400 block of Thatcher Avenue across from the Metra train station.

Additionally, residents may choose to recycle their electronic products outside of the River Forest events. The following list contains the location and times of electronic recycling events in neighboring communities:
•Village of Maywood. 40 East Madison St. Year round, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (Mon-Fri), 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (Sat)
•Village of Melrose Park. 2309 Main St. 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Year round, Monday-Friday
•Village of Oak Park. 201 South Blvd. 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. May-October, last Saturday of the month

For more information, please contact the Village of River Forest at (708) 366-8500 or visit the Vintage Tech Recyclers website.