Electronics & Recycling
Electronic Waste Banned From Illinois
As of January 1, 2012, Illinois law prohibits electronic devices from being collected for disposal in Illinois landfills. Businesses and residents will no longer be able to set out certain electronic components for disposal, and waste haulers will be prohibited from collecting such items for final disposal in a landfill.
The Right Way
The Village of Villa Park is coordinating with Roy Strom, the Village's waste hauler, to assist the Village and ensure residents and local businesses have an alternate disposal option. To meet the objective the Village has started E-Waste "the right way" a program designed to provide a convenient, "no cost", environmentally responsible solution for the community. Vintage Tech, LLC, a registered IEPA collector, recycles and refurbishes electronic waste and will properly process program-accepted electronics.
The drop-off site is open on the third Saturday of every month, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Public Works Garage, located at 20 W. Home Avenue This free service is only available to Villa Park residents. Please have ID ready. Also, note only one TV may be dropped off per visit.
For an extensive list of electronic items that can be disposed of at our E-Waste site, please visit the Roy Strom website dedicated to Villa Park at: Roy Strom - Villa Park and click on the Electronic Waste Disposal Program (PDF) link.
Recyclables are placed in program recycling bins, and are collected curbside each week along with refuse. Additional or replacement bins may be purchased at the Public Works building. 18 gallon recycling containers are $15. Call the Public Works Department at 630-834-8505 for more information.
The following commingled recyclables are accepted:
- Rinsed aluminum containers (beverage /food)
- Rinsed glass containers (beverage / food - green / clear / brown)
- Rinsed Bi-Metal containers (soup, juice, etc.) / empty paint - aerosol containers
- Newsprint (anything paper that comes with / in a newspaper)
- Chipboard / Corrugated boxes (cereal, food, tissue, gift and shoe boxes, etc.). Please breakdown / cut large boxes into flat 2' by 2' pieces
- Mixed Paper (junk mail, envelopes, phone books, office / notebook, computer paper, white or colored paper that does not have metal fasteners attached to it, magazine and catalogs, paper grocery bags)
- Plastics: (plastic milk / water / juice jugs, two liter beverage bottles, laundry detergent, liquor, and other food containers, peanut butter jars, margarine tubs and pharmaceutical containers, etc.). Plastic containers with the numbers 1-5 & 7 (number 6 is not accepted) stamped within the chasing arrows on the bottom of the container!
This video about Chicago's recycling program, while not exactly like Villa Park's program, gives a lot of good tips and general information about what can and cannot be recycled.