Electronics Recycling

Electronics are Prohibited Curbside


Electronics can contain hazardous or rare materials and are the largest growing segment of the waste stream. Because of this, Illinois state law prohibits residents from disposing of computers, monitors, printers and other electronics in landfills. In addition, the City's curbside waste hauler will not take any prohibited item on your trash day. The City of Aurora regularly contracts with electronics recycling companies to offer drop-off sites where residents can dispose of electronics such as computer components and televisions for recycling.

However, the cost to recycle these items has increased significantly in recent years and state law requires the cost of electronics recycling to be borne by the original equipment manufacturers, such as Microsoft or Samsung, prohibiting electronics recyclers from passing on the cost of their services to municipalities. While these restrictions have caused many municipalities to end or temporarily suspend their collections programs, the City of Aurora is still researching options to be able to continue to provide this service to residents. Dates for 2016 collections will be announced once negotiations between the State of Illinois, OEMs, and Vintage Tech are finalized.

Collection Dates  & Locations


When collection days are announced, those collections are held at the Central Garage
720 N Broadway Avenue
Aurora, IL 60505

and the Customer Service Center:
3770 McCoy Drive
Aurora, IL60505

Collection dates, typically Saturdays, are announced via the City's community calendar or on the City's Facebook page. Residents can also call 630-256-4636 to check for upcoming recycling events. Electronics collection events are limited to City of Aurora residents only, and are reserved for electronics used in residences. No items from businesses will be accepted. Residents will be asked for identification with proof of their Aurora address.

Accepted Items


The following items can be recycled:
  • Camcorders
  • Cameras and Camcorders
  • Cell Phones
  • Computers
  • Gaming consoles
  • Laptops
  • MP3 Players
  • PDAs
  • Peripherals (printers, keyboards, etc.)
  • Phones and answering machines
  • Servers and networking equipment
  • Stereos
  • Televisions and monitors (Note: Older, cathode ray tube TVs and monitors are limited to 1. There is no limit on the number of flat-panel TVs or monitors.)
  • VCRs and DVD players
This list may not be complete. For questions about whether or not a particular electronic item can be recycled, please call the City's electronics waste contractors, Vintage Tech Recycling, at 630-305-0922, or visit their website.

Front Door Collection


Vintage Tech also offers personalized collection service at your door for a fee. To request this service, call Vintage Tech at 630-305-0922.

Other Resources


Many electronics stores offer recycling either for free (typically with the purchase of a new item) or for a fee. Learn which items are accepted at the Best Buy Aurora location and associated fees. Residents may also take advantage of additional county-sponsored events and services.

Kane County


In Kane County, collections are typically held once a month at
540 S Randall Road
St. Charles, IL 60174

For more information and upcoming dates, visit the Kane County website.

DuPage County


DuPage County maintains a list of resources for residents disposing of electronic items. View the list.

Will County


Will County has partnered with Vintage Tech Recyclers to offer front-door collection services for $25. For more information on accepted items and how to schedule a collection, visit the Will County Green website.