Thousands of Pounds of Electronics Gathered During Village's Recycling Event

The Village of Glen Ellyn held its fall electronics recycling event on Sept. 29 and nearly 500 drop-offs were made.

Nearly 17 tons of electronics were kept out of the trash as a result of the Village of Glen Ellyn’s fall electronics recycling event.

A total of 33,640 pounds of electronics were collected during the event held on Sept. 29. Residents were so excited about the event they began lining up well before the 8 a.m. start time, officials said.

Residents made nearly 500 drop-offs during the electronics recycling event, according to the village. Those participating came on foot, with strollers and by car to leave behind old computers, cell phones and televisions, which were among the many items recycled. 

When it comes to recycling regularly, Glen Ellyn residents are doing the work to be green and keep recyclables out of the trash, according to the village.  Glen Ellyn Patch reported in August that last year, 4,174 tons of recycling was collected and recycled in the village, Assistant to the Village Manager Kristen Schrader said. That amounted to more than 8 million pounds of trash. And, 37 percent of refuse collected in 2011 was recycled.

In 2012 it became illegal to toss electronics into the trash with other garbage. The village worked with Creative Recycling to hold the event. The company innovative and secure methods into the processing of obsolete electronics. It shreds, sorts and separates used electronics and the components, so the items may be refined and recycled into new products, according to the Village of Glen Ellyn.

Creative Recycling makes sure that the 1 percent of items that cannot be recycled are 100 percent contaminant free before being disposed, according to the village.

The next electronics recycling event will be held as part of the Electronics Recycling Extravaganza in spring 2013.

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