Kane County is opening a third permanent Recycling Center — this one in Aurora — for electronics, appliances, clothing, and scrap metal.
Kane County Recycling Coordinator Jennifer Jarland is encouraging people to check out the new facility and to take advantage of the two existing recycling centers.
“We now provide convenient electronics recycling across the county by having a Recycling Center in the Southern (Aurora), Central (Batavia), and Northern (West Dundee) regions of Kane County,” she said.
Check out the full list of locations and hours.
All three Recycling Centers are open to the general public (from any county) and to businesses, as well. Businesses just need to identify themselves as businesses (which is as simple as bringing a business card to had the staff person. Go to the link above and scroll down to Guidelines for Businesses to see more detail.
All Kane County Recycling Centers are staffed with people who can unload for you.
TVs and computer monitors are the only items that have a cost to recycle, all other items are free to drop off!
Aurora Recycling Center
- Location: 911 N. Lake St., Aurora
- OPENING: Monday, June 21, 2021.
- Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, year-round.
- Accepted items:
- Costs: Monitors and TVs/televisions DO have a cost to recycle. All other electronics are free to drop off.
- $25 fee for screens under 21 inches (measured diagonally)
- $35 fee for screens 21 inches or over (measured diagonally)
- Online: You may pay online in advance for any TVs or monitors and bring your printed receipt with you. You will need to show the printed receipt.
- Card: You can pay by credit card at the time of delivery.
- Cash: Cash must be the exact amount. Change will not be given.
Why is there a fee on TVs and Monitors?
Electronics are banned from Illinois landfills and must be recycled. TVs and monitors contain lead and/or mercury and must be processed as hazardous material, a more expensive process that makes the consumer-based fee a necessity.
The fee is paid directly to the county’s contracted electronics recycler – eWorks Electronics Services, a non-profit located in Elk Grove Village that employs people with developmental disabilities – to help cover their costs to recycle these items. You are helping a good cause and responsibly, legally disposing of your used electronics!
All data stored on computer hard drives will be completely erased or destroyed under the highest security (meeting all FACTA privacy protection requirements). They use the BLANCO data erasure software and the Department of Defense Standard seven-pass kill disk.
This applies to all Kane County Recycling Centers and events, as well as the Naperville site which is also managed and served by eWorks.
About Kane County’s Host Partner
Vet Tech US, whose facility is host for this new Center, is a non-profit organization dedicated to a long-term and prosperous relationship with veterans and communities in need.
They support individuals and initiatives dedicated to promoting community development, prosperity, and innovation, which is part of the reason why they have partnered with Kane County and eWorks to host the new recycling center at their facility in Aurora.
SOURCE: Kane County Recycles news release