2016 Top Stories Countdown — No. 3: Kane County Resumes Electronics Recycling

2016 Top Stories Countdown — No. 3: Kane County Resumes Electronics Recycling

  • Editor’s Note: This is the eighth in a series counting down the top 10 Kane County Connects stories of 2016.

One of the most important aspects of any recycling program is communication and outreach. Kane County Connects is extremely proud to be able to contribute to the county’s efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle.

A great example of that was the fast-changing challenge of electronics recycling in 2016.

The story is a lot more complex than this, but in broad strokes, big-tubed TVs and cathode ray computer monitors of the past are being replaced by the flat, plasma screens of the future — at an astonishing pace. Meanwhile, state and federal government regulations that required manufacturers to subsidize electronics recycling had caps and time limits set too low to accommodate the volume.

The result was that local electronics drop-off centers were being deluged, some municipalities stopped accepting electronics, and the county’s monthly recycling event was hit with a run on the bank like that scene in “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Kane County Recycling Coordinator Jennifer Jarland and the folks in Kane County’s Environmental & Water Division responded (in my opinion, brilliantly) by reinventing the electronics recycling program from the ground up.

When the county resumed electronics recycling at three drop-off locations, the reaction was thunderous approval. The KCC article announcing the new program has had 9,128 page views, the third highest of any article we posted in 2016.

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About Kane County Recycles

Recycles Recycling Logo SMThe Kane County Recycles office manages recycling programs for electronics, books, hazardous materials, and other hard-to-recycle materials, and promotes best practices for household recycling, commercial business recycling, and composting. This office oversees recycling-related information and community outreach initiatives, oversees the annual licensing of Waste and Recycling Haulers, provides backyard compost bins, and implements the Kane County Solid Waste Plan. The office oversees the Recycling and Hauler Licensing Ordinance which requires commercial businesses and multi-family residences to recycle, and provides the provisions for hauler licensing and reporting.

For all you ever needed to know about recycling in Kane County see the Kane County Recycles webpage and also sign up here to receive an electronic copy of the new Green Guide each spring.

2016 Top Stories Countdown


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