Old computer towers, monitors and other electronics rest in stacks and boxes at the Aurora Central Garage on a Saturday after residents dropped off the used equipment for safe recycling. Jeff Cagle / For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 21, 2013 6:18AM
AURORA — The city has begun another year of offering residents a way to safely recycle their old and unwanted electronics.
The city began providing free electronics recycling to residents in 2010 and expanded the program year-round in 2012 when a state law took effect barring electronics from being disposed of in landfills. Last year, those efforts took in more than 275,000 pounds of electronic equipment, city officials said.
This year’s collection events will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following Saturdays:
Customer Service Center, 3770 McCoy Drive — Feb. 9, March 9, April 6, May 4, June 8, July 13, Aug. 10, Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9 and Dec. 7.
Central Garage, 720 N. Broadway: Jan. 26, Feb. 23, March 23, April 20, May 18, June 22, July 27, Aug. 24, Sept. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 30 and Dec. 14.
Electronics that will be collected include monitors, computers (both PCs and Macs), laptops, televisions, printers, fax machines, scanners, computer accessories (mouses, keyboards and modems), video game consoles, telephones, answering machines, cell phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), MP3 players, cameras, camcorders, servers and networking equipment, DVD players, stereos, and VCRs.
Microwaves are the only kitchen appliances accepted for recycling.
Large appliances such as air conditioners, stoves, refrigerators, freezers; smaller appliances including toasters and coffee makers; and household hazardous waste materials are not accepted.
Vintage Tech Recyclers, the city’s vendor, will offer front-door collection service to Aurora residents by appointment only. The list of eligible electronics remains the same, but a maximum of 10 items – with at least one item being a television, computer or printer – will be accepted per pickup.
Appointments for collection can be scheduled by calling 630-305-0922 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information on the collection service, visit www.vintagetechrecyclers.com.
For more information on city collection days, call the Customer Service Center at 630-256-INFO.