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Electronic recycling event May 3 in Oregon

An electronic recycling event is coming up for residents to recycle their old or broken electronics in a safe and responsible way.

The recycling event is scheduled for Saturday, May 3 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The entrance will be located at the Ogle County Farm Bureau parking lot, 421 W. Pines Rd., Oregon.  

This event is sponsored by the Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department and the Lee County Office of Solid Waste Management.  

Materials collected at this event will be processed and recycled by Secure Recycling Services of Dixon, Illinois.

The recycling event will be accepting only residential electronic equipment such as answering machines, calculators, cameras, cell phones, CD Rom drives, computers, cables, cable receivers, copy machines, and credit card machines.

Digital converter boxes, digital music players, CDs and DVDs, electric motors and wire, fax machines, floppy disk drives, keyboards, laptops, modems, monitors, mice (electronic), and microwave ovens will also be accepted.

Other items that can be recycled are pagers, phone systems, printers, postage machines, power tools, projection TVs, projectors, rechargeable batteries (no alkaline), scanners, servers, shredders, software, and stereo equipment.

The following items can also be taken: tablets, iPads, tape drives, tape recorders, telephones, typewriters, TVs, VCR, DVD players, video/audio tapes, video cameras, video game players, and satellite receivers.  

Business and institutional electronics will not be accepted at this event, however they may call any of the sponsors for other recycling options.

There will be a $10 fee for microwave ovens, but all other residential items listed above will be taken at no cost to the consumers.  TVs with broken glass tubes will not be accepted.

As of January 2012, Illinois residents and businesses are banned from disposing of computers and other electronics with their regular garbage collection service.  

Instead, these devices must be taken to a registered recycler.  This law keeps toxins and reusable materials out of local landfills while conserving natural resources and creating jobs in the recycling industry.

Secure Recycling Services is a registered processor of electronic waste in Illinois. They refurbish or recycle the materials in a secure and environmentally responsible manner. 

Secure Recycling Services recently acquired independent R2 Certification (Responsible Recycling) to verify their recycling procedures.

The use of the site for this event will be provided by the Richter Family Trust.

For more information, call the Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department at 815-732-4020 or go to, the Lee County Office of Solid Waste Management at 815-857-4141, or Secure Recycling Services at 815-288-1602.

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