Electronics Recycling - NIU - Green Team

Electronics Recycling (E-waste)

As of 2012, it is illegal to dump electronics in Illinois landfills. Recycling these products helps conserve valuable resources and mitigates harmful chemicals from getting into our environment.

Northern Illinois University collects e-waste generated by university departments and recycles these products with a CMS certified recycler in accordance with state regulations. Departments should budget for the disposal of electronics and contact Property Control at 815-753-1437 for proper procedures.

The university does not accept any electronic waste from the outside community. DeKalb County has established a schedule for community members to properly recycle their unwanted electronics. All non-university electronics can be recycled at a local collection event. See the schedule of DeKalb County collection dates and locations. The Illinois EPA also keeps a list of registered e-waste collection sites.

Examples of E-waste

  • Televisions
  • Monitors
  • Printers
  • Scanners
  • Fax Machines
  • Computers (laptop, notebook, netbook, tablet, desktop)
  • Electronic Keyboards
  • Electronic mice
  • Cameras
  • Videocassette Recorders (VCRs)
  • Digital Video Disc (DVD) Players
  • Digital Video Disc Recorders
  • Projectors
  • Small Scale Servers
  • Credit Card Readers
  • Cell Phones
  • Satellite Receivers
  • Other miscellaneous electronic devices



Unacceptable Items:

  • White goods: refrigerators, dish washers, stoves, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, etc.
  • Light Bulbs
  • Liquids or items containing liquids: gas motors, hazardous waste, etc.
  • VHS Cassette Tapes or Data Tapes
  • &Gas cylinders: fire extinguishers, propane tanks, etc.