Electronics Recycling

Electronics Products Recycling and Reuse Act (SB2313)

In September 2009, Illinois became the 16th state to adopt an electronics recycling law known as the Electronics Products Recycling and Reuse Act (SB2313).  Initially, this legislation banned televisions and monitors from entering Illinois landfills.  This year, Governor Quinn signed legislation that made extensive changes to the Illinois Product Recycling and Reuse Act (P.A. 97-0287) that expands the number of covered electronic products and prohibits them from being thrown away in the garbage as of January 1, 2012, from all sources under penalty of law.

Effective January 1, 2012, the electronics products noted below are prohibited from being disposed of with your garbage by state law.

  • Monitors
  • Computers (including tablets)
  • Printers
  • Facsimile Machines
  • Scanners
  • Electronics Keyboards
  • Electronic Mice
  • Small Scale Servers
  • Televisions
  • Digital Video Disc Players
  • Portable Digital Music Players
  • Digital Video Disc Recorders
  • Cable Receivers
  • Satellite Receivers
  • Video Game Consoles
  • Digital Converter Boxes
  • Videocassette Recorders


The Village of Buffalo Grove is a member of the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) and works to provide environmentally-sound recycling for end-of-life residentially-generated electronics. All Buffalo Grove residents are able to participate in SWANCC programs such as the one-day recycling events. Additionally, residents are able to utilize many retail store drop-offs during evening and weekend hours. 

Businesses, institutions, schools, etc., will need to make arrangements directly with a qualified electronics recycler.  For recommendations, visit SWANCC's Green Pages at swancc.org.  

For additional information about this new law, please visit the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s website.

Retail Computer and Electronics Drop-Off Locations

The following information is available for any resident, business or institution to recycle their electronic materials:
  • Abt Electronics
  • 1200 N. Milwaukee Avenue
    Glenview, IL 60125
    • Tube Tv 27: and smaller $25
    • Tube TV 32" and larger $50
    • Flat Panel TV 32" and smaller $20
    • Flat Panel TV 33" and larger $35
    • Projection TV $75
  • Best Buy
    Stores accept most consumer electronics, including TV's and monitors up to 32 inches, flat panel TV's and monitors up to  60 inches, computers and notebooks, small electronics, VCR's and DVD players, fans, vacuums, keyboards, mice, and  remotes free of charge. Trade-in program allows consumers to exchange select gently used electronics for a Best Buy gift  card. Recycling kiosks at all stores for rechargeable batteries, cell phones, inkjet and toner cartridges, and wires, cords,  and cables.  Recycling kiosks at all stores for rechargeable batteries, cell phones, injet cartridges, CD's, DVD's, PDA's,  smart phones, and gift cards.
  • Staples
    Staples will accept up to six items per household per day. They will accept working electronic devices including computers, monitors, and many peripherals. They do not accept TV’s, floor model copiers, home or car audio or monitors with cracked screens. They also offer a free on-line, pre-paid mail program that accepts many working electronic items.
  • Office Depot
    Office Depot accepts many electronic items at its stores through its Tech Recycling Box program. They will accept computer equipment, including monitors, printers, scanners, faxes and all-in-ones, small TV’s, cell phones, DVD and MP3 players, and cables. They do not accept monitors with cracked screens. Three sizes of boxes are available at a cost of $5, $10, or $15 each.
  • Hewlett Packard
    Hewlett Packard accepts many electronic items through an on-line, consumer buyback and recycling mail program. They will accept many types of computer equipment, including monitors, printers and scanners, smartphones, digital cameras, and PDAs. There are no shipping charges for HP, Compaq and Palm products when they are recycled.
  • Dell Computer
    Dell offers a free, at home pickup program for any Dell product and non-Dell branded product (with the purchase of a similar type of Dell product).
For additional electronic recycling options, visit www.swancc.org or www.earth911.com.

This information is provided for information purposes only. The Village of Buffalo Grove does not endorse any of the aforementioned businesses nor guarantee the information provided. Individuals are encouraged to confirm the information provided with the participating businesses.