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Last Chance to Recycle Old Electronics This Week

If you still have a computer from the 1990s, it’s probably time to get rid of it. Here’s how to do so in an environmentally friendly way.

We all have them lying around hidden parts of the house, never to be used again.

With all of the advances in home electronics over the last decade – just think of how flat TVs are – you would think we’d be just as caught up with ways to recycle the old stuff.

We’re getting there.

On Saturday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Vintage Tech is hosting a quarterly e-waste pickup event at the building, 16533 S. 94th Ave.

Commonly accepted items for recycling are laptops, TVs, printers, computers, fax machines, scanners, DVD players, stereos, VCRs, video game consoles, peripherals like mice and keyboards, PDAs, cell phones, MP3 players, phones, UPS batteries, copiers and typewriters, according to Vintage Tech’s website.

Vintage Tech is certified to dispose of the electronics responsibly, and their mission is to “provide an environmentally safe way to keep old electronics from irresponsible disposal.”

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Rob P April 11, 2012 at 02:29 PM
what about older big computer monitors? will those be accepted this Saturday?? Thanks!
Ben Feldheim April 11, 2012 at 05:16 PM
That sounds like something they would take, but to be sure, try calling Vintage Tech. (877) 625-7945. Here's their website: http://www.vintagetechrecyclers.com/
pat neubauer April 11, 2012 at 10:54 PM
How about Microwave ovens?
Paul April 12, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Below is text taken from the village of Orland Park website concerning electronics pickup for village residents. We’re pleased to offer the free pickup service for village residents,” said trustee Ed Schussler, chair of the village’s Public Works and Engineering Committee. The service is limited to residential addresses. Residents should call one week before the pickup is needed at (866) 631-1707. Requests for service also may be sent to willcounty@vintagetechrecyclers.com.
Paul April 12, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Forgot to add a list of items included in the pickup program, see below Items included in the landfill ban and mandatory recycling include televisions, computers, monitors, printers, electronic keyboards and mice, fax machines, video cassette recorders, portable digital music players, digital video disc players, video game consoles, servers, scanners, digital converter boxes, cable receivers, satellite receivers and digital video disc players.

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