New rules for recycling Electronics in DeKalb County Municipalities


DeKalb County has worked hard to recycle electronics since many items were banned from the landfill in 2012. The electronics recycling market has experienced many ups and downs over the last five years. We have reached a point where most electronic items have no value and someone has to pay recyclers to take them. The Municipality contractor has decided to reduce the acceptable items at the collection events to the 17 banned items in the State of Illinois.

These 17 items must be recycled and will not be accepted in your trash: Computers, Computer Monitors*, Printers, TVs (all types)*, Electronic Keyboards, Fax Machines, VCRs, Portable CD Players, DVD Players, Video Game Consoles, Mouse, Scanners, Digital Converter Box, Cable Receiver, Satellite Receiver, DVD recorder, Small Scale Server.

*There is a fee to recycle computer monitors ($10.00) and TVs (18 inches or smaller, $20 and 19 inches or larger $30). Only cash will be accepted at Municipality locations. Residents will receive a coupon for equal value when paying to recycle TVs, and monitors. All other items listed above are free.

Most electronics with a cord or non-rechargeable battery that are not listed above can be thrown out as trash. Some exceptions are refrigerators/freezers, dehumidifier’s, and air conditioners which contain Freon.

Recycling Event Schedule

1st Sat. Monthly – DeKalb Public Parking Lot Grove and S. 4th St., 9am – 11am

2nd Sat. Monthly – Sandwich 750 Duvick Rd. (East Water Tower), 12:30pm – 2:30pm

4th Sat. Even Months only – Waterman City Lot Route 30 9am – 11am

** Please note you can recycle electronics Monday – Friday from 8am – 4pm at DC Trash (14438 E. North Ave, Cortland), however there will be charges for all items recycled at the Cortland Facility.

Please contact DC Trash at 815-758- 7274 for specific pricing information. Residents will receive a coupon for equal value when paying to recycle electronics (this excludes items containing Freon). Staff will be present to help unload heavy items. Cash, check or credit/debit card will be accepted at the DC Trash location only. DC Trash also offers pick up from your home for an additional fee.

To reduce the volume of e-waste, residents from Genoa, Sycamore and Kirkland are required to recycle their items through Waste Management’s At Your Door Program. (DC Trash will not accept the items at the municipal collection events). Waste Management can be contacted at 1-800- 449-7587, , or email .

For questions, specific to waste and recycling please contact Michelle Gibson at 815-748- 2408 or send an email to

To learn more about the many programs and services of the Health Department, visit, or call (815)758-6673.


  1. Perhaps our Solons in Springfield should have thought about how this banning of electronics in landfills would eventually work out? Sort of like when they banned freon filled appliances, and suddenly we started seeing old vending machines and refrigerators in secluded places.