First, in case your weren’t aware, it is illegal to put many types of electronic items in the garbage. As of Jan. 1, 2012, local waste haulers no longer accept these 17 categories of electronics.
Recycling electronics is the best option (and the legal one) but finding resources in the Champaign-Urbana area is getting more difficult, especially if you need to recycle televisions or cathode ray tube monitors.
The Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Champaign announced in October that, due to financial reasons, it will no longer be accepting televisions or computer monitors for recycling. The ReStore was one of only two places in town to accept televisions or cathode ray tube monitors.
They will still accept other electronics such as computer keyboards, printers, cell phones, etc. They will also take working 32-inch televisions as long as there is room for them at the store for resale. All electronics should be brought to the donations area behind the store during business hours only.
Currently, local options for recycling televisions or cathode ray-tube (tube monitors) are limited but include:
Best Buy – Best Buy accepts up to 3 TVs per household per day provided they are under 32” diameter. Best Buy will not accept: console TVs, tube TVs, or monitors larger than 32″, or disassembled TVs or monitors. For tube TVs over 32 inches and flat panel TVs over 60 inches, Best Buy will haul the item away from a customer’s home for free only if the customer purchases a new television from Best Buy; if consumers do not intend to purchase a new item, the fee is $100. Visit the Best Buy website for more information.
Goodwill– Goodwill will only accept flatscreen televisions in working condition. Three locations – Champaign Store, 912 West Anthony, Champaign; Savoy Express Donation Center, 111 Calvin, Savoy; Urbana LaBelle Boutique, 114a N. Vine, Urbana.
Staples– Staples in Champaign will not accept televisions but will take computers, monitors, and printers.
Where to recycle other electronics
Anyone wanting to recycle all other electronics including computers (laptop, notebook, netbook, tablet), electronic keyboards, facsimile machines, videocassette recorders, portable digital music players, digital video disc players, video game consoles, small scale servers, scanners, electronic mice, digital converter boxes, cable receivers, satellite receivers, digital video disc recorder can bring them to the locations listed below.
Another option is to wait for county-wide recycling events that are held a few times a year. Susan Monte, the Planner and Recycling Coordinator for Champaign County, says she believes the next two electronic recycling events will be held in March and April of 2015. See websites for specific drop off times.
2117 N. Prospect Avenue, Champaign. Drop‐Off Times: Best Buy business hours only. NOTE: 3–item limit per household per day.
Advantage Recycling 3008 N. Cunningham Ave, Urbana.
Goodwill Urbana LaBelle Boutique, 114a N. Vine, Urbana
Mack’s Twin City Recycling 2808 N. Lincoln Avenue, Urbana.
Goodwill Savoy Express Donation Center, 111 Calvin, Savoy (west of Sonics and Mobil Service Station on Rt. 45)