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Electronics Dumping Ban Starts Jan. 1, but Fear Not

Two nearby options -- including one that will pickup items from your home -- will make it easy for you to do the right thing.

Tempted to throw that old TV or cordless phone in the trash? You'll need to think again come Jan. 1.

That's the state's new Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act kicks in, mandating that all electronic goods be recycled and making it against the law for items to be placed in garbage landfills, according to a media release from the village of Plainfield.

What does that include? Televisions, monitors, printers, computers, keyboards, fax machines, DVD players, VCRs, video game consoles, portable digital music players, scanners, and cable/satellite receivers. You'll find the entire list of banned items at the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Web site: http://www.epa.state.il.us/land/electronic-waste-recycling/amendments.html.

But no need to panic, the Will County Land Use Department has partnered with Vintage Tech Recyclers in Romeoville to accept its electronic recyclables. Beyond that, they'll actually pick them up for you if you call 866-631-1707. There is a 10-item limit per service call. 

Electronics can also be dropped off at the Wheatland Township Administrative Offices, 31W236 91st St., Naperville, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

For a list of additional recycling drop-off locations, call the Will County Land Use Department at 815-727-8834 or visit www.willcountygreen.com.

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