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October 25, 2012

Electronics Recycling

Organizers of the Sustainable Living Expo, which is being held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Dixon Springs Ag Center in Pope County, have added an opportunity for area residents to drop off used electronics items for recycling. As of Jan. 1, electronics are banned from disposal in Illinois landfills.

 

DIXON SPRINGS — Organizers of the Sustainable Living Expo, which is being held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Dixon Springs Ag Center in Pope County, have added an opportunity for area residents to drop off used electronics items for recycling. As of Jan. 1, electronics are banned from disposal in Illinois landfills.

 

Area trash collectors risk large fines if a spot check by the landfill discovers electronics included in an incoming load. Drop-off of electronics will only be possible from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., so event attendees should come directly to the drop-off site upon arrival.

 

Those bringing electronic items will turn east off state Route 145 at the large event parking sign, located north of the main entrances to the Ag Center and directly across the highway from the greenhouse. Signs and parking attendants will help guide people to the correct location.

It is not necessary to attend the Expo to take advantage of this electronic recycling event. After dropping off items it will be possible to exit the event by another route. Those who stay for the Expo will directed to a special parking area, conveniently located next to the event.

 

Accepted items include computers, wires, cables, scanners, laptops, computer parts, microwaves, CRTs and LCDs, battery back-ups, cell phones, monitors, computer mice, CD/VCR/DVD players, printers, keyboards, stereo equipment, televisions, MP3 players, fax machines, PDAs and video game consoles, among other small electronics if approved.

 

Expo organizers have partnered with Vintage Tech Recyclers, an award-winning Illinois-based global leader in electronics recycling, to bring this new feature to the event. Vintage Tech, committed to providing the most comprehensive data wiping services available, uses top-quality, trusted data destruction software to ensure that any sensitive information is kept private and wiped clean from all devices.

 

Air conditioners, washers, dryers, stoves, refrigerators, curling irons, batteries, VHS tapes and cassette tapes will not be accepted, among other large items.

 

Visit www.SLExpo.org to download a flyer containing the full list of accepted items and details about the Expo, including directions and a map to the Ag Center.

The Dixon Springs Agricultural Center is located on state Route 145 in Pope County, 4 miles north of the intersection with Route 146, about 25 miles south of Harrisburg.