My father is part of an ecology group looking to expand its recycling in a village not far from here.
So on a lot of Saturdays, he volunteers to collect TVs from people upgrading before the digital switch. (Thank you to those people! Older TVs contain a lot of lead, so recycling is a great option.)
He called me to find out if I knew where they could recycle computers and electronics. I told him Will County has a ton of drop-off sites, but that's not a lot of help since he's not in Will.
Instead, he called Will County's Land Use Department to find out who they contract with to recycle their electronics. And he ended up talking with someone really passionate about keeping all of that stuff out of the landfills and got a lot of leads to try to expand the recycling programs in his town.
I have to say, I was pretty proud. Not just because my dad is trying to get this done, but because my county is pretty much on the cutting edge of recycling. The rest of the collar counties think we're out in the country, but they should probably be taking notes. If you own it, the land use department probably has a drop-off for recycling it.
if you're like me, you aren't organized enough to have stuff ready for special recycling events. Instead, I have a box in the garage where the weird stuff goes, like motor oil, batteries and dead computers. When we have a reasonable pile, we'll go distribute it to the right Will County sites, like shopping in reverse.
Visit the Will County Land Use Department's Web site for info on business recycling, special recycling events, drop-off sites and a recycling guide.