There will be a couple of opportunities to get rid of your old electronics this weekend, thanks to Lewis & Clark Community College's Office of Sustainability, the Riverbend Growth Association and CJD e-Cycling.  Electronic recycling continues to be popular, with laws on the books to keep the items out of Illinois' landfills.  An eWaste drive will be held at the college's Tolle Lane parking lot from 9am-noon on today and tomorrow.

These eWaste drives, no matter where they are held, have become wildly popular according to the college's Nate Keener.

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A good rule of thumb, according to Keener, is that if it uses a cord or battery, it can be e-cycled.  Some things that you may not think about as on the list of accepted items are holiday lights, old video game consoles, and old mowers.  Tube-type televisions will be accepted for a fee. 


The following is a sampling of the items that will be accepted:


  • Computers, printers, cables and peripherals (keyboards, mice, etc.)
  • Fax machines, scanners, digital converter boxes, cable receivers, satellite receivers
  • Video game consoles, digital video disc player/recorders, portable digital music players
  • Networking equipment, server, telecommunications, phones, cell phones, clocks, etc.
  • VCR, stereos, and audio/video equipment (including cable/satellite)
  • Holiday lights, metal decorations and metal furniture
  • Electrical, cabling, communication machinery and equipment
  • Home electronics, blenders, toasters, irons, etc.
  • White goods: washers, dryers, dishwashers, furnaces, etc.
  • Medical equipment and all types of diagnostic equipment (call to verify equipment)
  • Industrial machinery and equipment (including power and gas equipment)
  • Lawn equipment, tools, old mowers, tillers, etc.
  • Air conditioners, refrigerators, and humidifiers
  • Old motors, non-PCB type transformers and other electrical equipment
  • Car and rechargeable batteries and lead items
  • Non-ferrous metals
  • LCD monitors (flat screen)
  • LCD TVs (flat screen)
  • Voucher program for TVs – depending on size, it will cost $5-$30 for people to recycle CRT, projection, plasma and console TVs.



The following are items that will not be accepted:


  • Radioactive materials
  • Hazardous materials (oil/antifreeze/paint)
  • Non-electronics (tires/wood/asbestos/office waste/furniture/fiberglass/insulation/roofing/dirt)
  • Flammable materials
  • Other hazardous materials (pesticides/oil filters/air bags/lead/mercury switches/fluorescent lights)
  • Explosives (fire arms/ammunition/shells)
  • PCBs (capacitors/transformers/ballast)
  • DVDs and CDs, cassette tapes, VHS tapes


The following are items that are accepted only on a limited basis:


  • One CRT monitor per tower (CRT monitors without tower will incur a $5-$10 fee)


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