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.