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November 30, 2011

Will County Ready for Electronics Trash Ban

 

By Ginger Brashinger

 

Illinois residents won’t be able to put their old television sets at the curb for garbage pickup come Jan. 1.

 

That’s when a new Illinois law banning all electronic devices from landfills goes into effect.

 

For some Will County residents, enforcement of the new law will be old hat.

 

A program sponsored by Will County providing free front-door pickup through Vintage Tech Recyclers of Romeoville began in April, Dean Olson, director of the Resource Recovery and Energy Division for the Will County Land Use Department, said.

 

He said the program is now available to 37 communities in Will County.

 

“We’re trying to get the word out,” Olson said at a recent Mokena Village Board meeting where he commended the village for being “ahead of the curve” with its three-year electronic recycling program.

 

“This free service is unusual, especially at your front door,” he said.

 

Seth Smith, a representative from Vintage Tech, said residents just need to call and set up an appointment for electronics pickup, which will be scheduled within a few weeks.

 

Residents will be given a specific day and a time frame during which up to 10 items will be picked up at the front door.

 

Smith said it is important that residents do not leave items at the curb or on the street.

 

He said hard drives from personal computers should be reformatted or erased by the owner prior to pick-up.

 

Vintage Tech uses U.S. Department of Defense approved software to clean all computers in addition to tracking company vehicles until they reach the drop-off sites where hard drives are immediately locked up and camera-monitored.

 

“Data security is not an issue at all in dealing with us,” Smith said.

 

He said the electronic devices are broken down several times before components are sent to a smelter which extracts the precious metals for reuse.

 

Olson said the front door pick-up program and 13 drop-off locations apply only to Will County residents.

 

Businesses that need electronic recycling services or residents looking for a complete list of electronics acceptable for pick-up can call Will County at (815) 727-8834 or go to www.willcountygreen.com.

 

Will County residents can reach Vintage Tech Recyclers for an appointment at (630) 305-0922 or (866) 631-1707 or email willcounty@vintagetechrecyclers.com.