April 9, 2019

Champaign County electronics recycling event on May 18

Online registration opened yesterday for this year's Champaign County Electronics Collection Event to be held on May 18. As in previous years, the event will take place at Parkland College, located at 2400 W. Bradley Ave in Champaign.

Champaign County plus 18 cities and villages within the county are working together to make the annual May event happen. Only residents from Bondville, Champaign, Fisher, Gifford, Homer, Ivesdale, Ludlow, Mahomet, Ogden, Rantoul, Royal, Sadorus, Savoy, Sidney, St. Joseph, Thomasboro, Urbana, and Unincorporated Champaign County are eligible to drop off unwanted or non-functioning electronics.

Organizers (as of this article) are waiting to confirmation from village and city administrators from Foosland, Broadlands, Longview, Pesotum, Philo, and Tolono for their participation. As of today, unless otherwise stated on the official website, if you live in one of these communities, you will not be allowed to register/participate at this time.

To minimize wait times and lines, online registration is required for the event. Approximately 5-7 days before the event individuals that signed up online will receive a postcard will serve as a 'ticket' to drop off items. For those who did not receive their postcard before the event or leave it behind, you can show your confirmation email/text at the entrance on your smart device or laptop.

Follow this link to the registration portal. Simply click on an available time to start the registration process. Expect to receive your postcard within two weeks after submitting the form.

Eligible individuals with postcards may dispose up to four televisions of any make or model. Organizers do not consider computer monitors as a TV. Up to seven items per postcard can be left at the event. Small items can be bundled or put into a small box and counted as one item.

Items accepted for this year's event include TVs, computers, computer monitors, printers, typewriters, electronic keyboards, facsimile machines, VCRs, DVD players/recorders, portable digital music players, video game consoles, electronic mice, scanners, digital converter boxes, cable receivers, satellite receivers, small scale servers, accessory computer/monitor speakers, ink & toner cartridges, extension cords, surge protectors, computer cables, microwaves, holiday string lights, all phones and accessories, digital cameras/mini cams, uninterrupted power supplies, backup batteries, chargers for portable devices, and computer networking equipment including switches, routers, hubs and modems.

The following items will not be accepted: Wooden, metal, or plastic stereo speakers; units or items that contain liquids; items that contain freon such as AC units and dehumidifiers; freezers, refrigerators and dishwashers; small appliances including but not limited to blenders, coffee makers, toasters; lamps, vacuum cleaners, fans, cash registers, thermostats and thermometers; light bulbs, fluorescent bulbs or tubes; smoke or carbon monoxide detectors; and loose alkaline batteries.

Unless there is severe weather during the collection time, rain or shine (or snow), the event will go on as planned. Thunder and lightning activity will not cancel the event. Inclement weather may slow things down, but past experience has shown the additional wait time to be minimal.

For more information visit the official 2019 electronics recycling page. You may also send email inquiries to recycling@champaignil.gov or call 217-403-4780 or 217-384-2302.

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