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Residential Electronics and Computer Recycling

Did you know that it’s illegal to throw specific electronic devices away in Illinois?

The Consumer Electronics Recycling Act establishes a statewide system for recycling and/or reusing a set of electronic devices that are unwanted by Illinois residents. Electronic waste is a hazardous waste that can have devastating impacts on the environment when disposed of in a landfill.

Items do not need to be in working condition to be recycled and it is not necessary to wipe hard drives. These local recycling programs accept only residential waste–they CANNOT accept business or commercial waste. All locations accept items free of charge. For information about business recycling options please contact the Ecology Action Center.

Normal Public Works Residential Recycling

Located at 1301 Warriner Street, the self service drop off is open to all McLean County residents. Bring help if you have electronics too heavy to handle alone, as there may not be anyone to help you unload.  The building is closed on Town of Normal Holidays. Do not dump electronics at the facility outside of posted hours.

Summer Hours (Memorial Day – Labor Day)

  • Monday – Friday, 6am – 1:30pm
  • 1st Saturday of each month, 8am – 12pm

Regular Hours (Labor Day – Memorial Day)

  • Monday – Friday, 7am – 2:30pm
  • 1st Saturday of each month, 8am – 12pm

Accepted Items

Cable ReceiversDVD Players/RecordersSatellite Receivers
Cell Phones Fax machinesScanners
ComputersMonitorsTelevisions (all)
Computer CablesPortable Digital Assistant (PDA)VCRs
Computer keyboards/micePortable Digital Music PlayersVideo Game Consoles
Digital Converter BoxesPrintersZip Drives

Unaccepted Items

Air ConditionersCoffee MakersGas CylindersThermostats
AppliancesCurling Irons Hair DyersToaster Ovens
Audio Tapes DehumidifersLight Bulbs (all kinds)Vacuum Cleaners
Alkaline Batteries Digital Kitchen ScalesMedical EquipmentDVD/CD/VHS/Cassette Media
Can OpenersFire DetectorsMicrowavesWindow Fans

Best Buy Recycling Program

At most Best Buy stores, you can recycle up to three items per household per day for free. Best Buy also accepts many additional items and some of the non-accepted items listed above. There is $29.99 fee and 2 item limit on TVs and computer monitors. There are also fee based haul-away options for larger appliances in your home. Visit the Best Buy Recycling webpage for a full list of acceptabed items.

Best Buy Main In Recycling Program

If you need to recycle electronics my mail, Best Buy offers a mail in program. Simply purchase a recycling box, fill it up with your electronics, and either take it to your local UPS store or schedule a UPS pickup at your home.