October 24, 2012

Electronics Recycling

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency electronic waste is the fastest-growing segment of the nation’s garbage. Electronic items such as computer monitors and televisions contain toxic materials such as lead, chromium, cadmium, mercury, beryllium, nickel, and zinc. When electronics containing these materials are not recycled or are disposed of improperly, these hazardous materials can contaminate ground water and present other environmental problems.


The Village of Forest Park wants its residents to be aware of a new State of Illinois electronic waste landfill ban which goes into effect January 1, 2012. Under this state law, waste haulers are not allowed to collect and dispose of electronics as waste. Items banned from the landfill include: televisions, monitors, computers, printers, game consoles, electronic keyboards, scanners, fax machines, VCRs, DVD players and recorders, digital convertor boxes, and many other small electronic devices.


A representative from Allied Waste, hauler for the Village of Forest Park stated, ”beginning January 1, 2012, our contractor will no longer collect electronics placed in its dumpsters or carts. These items must be recycled by a registered collector, recycler or manufacturer. If included in a residential garbage receptacle, it will be left behind.”


For several months now Forest Park has been promoting its electronics recycling site where residents can drop off unwanted electronics, free of charge. The E-waste drop off site is located at the Forest Park Public Works Building, 7343 W. 15th Street (15th and Hannah) and accepts items from 7:00 a.m. until 3 p.m. weekdays.


Electronics Recycling in Forest Park: The Village has partnered with Vintage Tech Recyclers and the West Cook County Solid Waste Agency and effective immediately, you may dispose of your unwanted electronics such as televisions, copiers, monitors, laptops, printers, etc., at the Forest Park Public Works building located at 7343 W. 15th Street between the hours of 7am and 3pm, Monday through Friday.