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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.

NIU collects e-waste generated by university departments and recycles these products with a CMS certified recycler in accordance with state regulations. All NIU E-Waste can be dropped off to Shipping and Receiving near Campus Mail.

NIU does not accept any electronic waste from the outside the 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

Fax machines
Computers (laptop, notebook, netbook, tablet, desktop)
Electronic keyboards
Electronic mice
DVD players and recorders
Small 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.