Electronics Recycling

Kane County Offers Electronics Recycling

The Kane County Electronics Recycling Program restarted after a temporary hiatus during 2016. The program includes three daily drop-offs throughout the county, as well as the reopening of the one-day collection events in St. Charles.

Cost for TVs and monitors

There will be a fee for TVs and computer monitors – both tube and flat screen - across the board for all drop-off locations and the event. You will find that there is a cost for these items nearly anywhere that processes electronics for recycling.

The fee is $25 for screens 20 inches and under (measured diagonally) and $35 for screens 21 inches and over. All other acceptable electronic items can be dropped off for free. See the full list of items that can be recycled in the program here

The fee may be paid online in advance or onsite by exact cash or card. It is recommended that you pay online in advance if possible and bring your receipt to any drop-off or the collection event. You must have the receipt with you!

The fee that you pay for screened equipment goes directly to the County’s contracted electronics recycler, eWorks, a non-profit whose main mission is to employ developmentally disabled individuals.

Southern location – Batavia:

Located at the former Kane County Jail site at 517 E. Fabyan Pkwy. in Batavia.  Drop-off hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Central location – South Elgin:

Located at the Village of South Elgin's former Public Works Facility at 735 Martin Drive in South Elgin. Drop-off hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Northern location – West Dundee:

Located at Village of West Dundee Public Works Facility at 900 Angle Tarn in West Dundee. Drop-off hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Note that these hours are earlier than the other two drop-offs.

One-day Collection Event 4/1/17:

The next event is scheduled for Saturday, April 1, 2017, from 8 a.m. - 12 noon at 540 S Randall Road in St. Charles.  Electronics, books, and latex paint will be accepted at this event.  There is a fee for televisions, monitors, and latex paint..  Document shredding is also available, 

Save time:

Utilizing the convenient daily drop-off locations is recommended if you wish to avoid waiting in line at the collection event. Not only is it more ecologically responsible to avoid idling for long periods but also spreading the volume of electronics between sites will help the County to maintain a professional level of service at the one-day collection events.


The new drop-off locations will be staffed full time to avoid the dumping issues we had previously, such as businesses taking advantage of the residential program and dumping large quantities of TVs, or residents dumping unacceptable and/or hazardous materials at the sites.

Security cameras, that detect motion, will monitor the sites after hours and offenders will be fined. Illegally dumping a TV or any other material at the drop-off sites after hours is a Class A misdemeanor which has a maximum fine of $2500, a jail sentence of up to 364 days, or both.


The County will be reaching out to each municipality concerning a sustainable funding mechanism for supporting this program into the future. It will entail a nominal per capita contribution that will ensure that residents will continue receive this fundamental and necessary service for the disposal of unwanted electronic waste.

Please visit the Kane County Recycles webpage frequently to find the most current updates on the program.

Questions: Kane County Recycling Coordinator, Jennifer Jarland, 630-208-3841, recycle@countyofkane.org

Electronic Items Banned at Landfills and Not Collected at the Curb

These items are banned at landfills and cannot be collected at the curb:
  • Televisions
  • Monitors
  • Printers
  • Computers (desktop, laptop, notebook, and 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 Recorders

Electronic Items Collected Curbside

Place smaller electronic items in your refuse can / cart (maximum 50 pounds of refuse / electronics per container) NOT in your recycling cart.  Larger items not within a container will require a separate refuse sticker.
  • Air Conditioners (window units) 
  • Answering Machines
  • Calculators
  • Camcorders
  • Cameras
  • CD Drives
  • CDs with cases
  • Cell Phones / PDAs
  • Christmas / Holiday light strands
  • Circuit Boards
  • Copy Machines
  • Dehumidifiers 
  • DVDs with cases
  • Humidifiers
  • Media (software, floppy discs, CDs, DVDs, cassette tapes, VHS tapes)
  • Microphones
  • Microwaves
  • Modems
  • Phones
  • Postage Machines
  • Power Tools
  • Small Home Appliances (blenders, fans, toasters, toaster ovens, vacuum cleaners, etc.)
  • Small bar / dorm refrigerators
  • Stereos / Receivers
  • Switch Boxes
  • Tape Drives
  • Telecommunications equipment (phones, phone systems, answering machines, intercom systems)
  • Toner and Printer Cartridges (must be contained in a bag)
  • Treadmills
  • Typewriters
  • Vacuum Cleaners
  • VHS tapes and cases
  • Video Game Controllers
  • Word Processors
  • Zip Drives
  • Anything with a cord on it except items on banned items list