Dispose of unwanted electronics at free event Saturday at DACC

Dispose of unwanted electronics at free event Saturday at DACC

DANVILLE — Vermilion County residents can drop off unwanted electronics items for free at a collection event Saturday.

Items will be accepted from 8 a.m. to noon at the north parking lot of Danville Area Community College, 2000 E. Main St., Danville.

Residents are encouraged to bring their broken, obsolete or unwanted electronic items, because it is now illegal in Illinois for electronics like televisions, computers, DVD players and fax machines to be disposed of in landfills. While old and broken electronic items have some components that can be recycled, other components can be toxic to the environment, according to Vermilion County Public Health Administrator Jenny Trimmell, so managing them properly is the right thing to do.

Some electronics contain lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium and beryllium that must be properly managed to prevent soil and groundwater contamination. But electronics also can contain valuable materials that can be recycled for reuse such as copper, gold and circuit chips.

The recycling event is sponsored by DACC, Mervis Industries, the Vermilion County Health Department, Keep Vermilion County Beautiful and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

Items that will be accepted include flat-screen or LCD televisions, flat-screen or LCD monitors, cable/satellite receivers, cellphones and smartphones, computer peripherals (keyboards and mice), computers, printers, copiers, digital converter boxes, DVD players, fax machines, gaming consoles, notebook computers (laptops), PDAs, scanners, small servers, VCRs, wire (cords from compliant devices) and zip drives.

The collection will not accept CRT or tube televisions, CRT monitors, projection or wooden set televisions, televisions with broken screens, vacuum cleaners, microwave ovens or wooden audio speakers.

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