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Recycle your electronics and donate to the food drive

The Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department (OCSWMD) will be holding the last residential electronic recycling drop-off of the year on Friday, Nov. 22.

This event is a week early due to the Thanksgiving holiday. There will be not be an electronics collection during the month of December.

The location for the event is the County Annex Building at 909 Pines Road from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The events are for residential electronics from Ogle County and ID’s are checked. There is a limit of seven large or bulky items per vehicle. A tub or box filled with smaller items is considered one bulky item.

Accepted items include all residential televisions, computers, computer monitors, all computer accessories, hardware, and cables, UPS systems, printers, FAX machines, copiers, laptops, cell phones, tablets, video game equipment, phone systems, radios, stereo equipment, digital clocks, VCR/ DVD players, remotes, and cable/ satellite receivers, holiday light strands, rechargeable batteries, CFL bulbs, and printer ink cartridges.

Microwave ovens are also accepted for a $5 charge.

Items that are not accepted include smoke detectors, fans, lamps, vacuum cleaners, personal hygiene items, power tools, yard tools, toys, heaters, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, sump pumps, coffee makers, bread makers, slow cookers, toasters or ovens, or electric fryers.

Electronics from businesses, schools, or other institutions are not accepted at these events.

Please contact the OCSWMD for options regarding business or institutional electronic items.

The OCSWMD will also be accepting non-perishable food items at the electronics drop-off.

Items accepted include all non-expired and sealed canned foods, soup, cereal, pasta, rice, pancake mix, syrup, peanut butter, jelly, and items such as bar soap, toothpaste, and toothbrushes. Cash donations are also accepted.

All donated items are distributed to various Ogle County food pantries. The food pantries in Oregon, Byron, and Stillman Valley have already received donations collected by the OCSWMD during the September and October drop-off events.

Please be generous and consider those in need as you drop off your electronics for recycling.

The OCSWMD will do the rest getting the donated items to our local food pantries.

If you have questions about the residential electronics recycling drop-off or about the food drive, please call the OCSWMD at 815-732-4020, see us on Facebook, or visit www.oglecounty.org.