Niles Hosts Electronics Recycling, Document Destruction Event This Month


On one side sat a long line of boxes sorting different kinds of electronics to be recycled, while cars lined up to have Niles Public Works crews and contractors unload their recycled cargo during an electronics recycling event Saturday, March 14, 2020. (Tom Robb/Journal photo)

Niles Public Works will host an electronics recycling and document destruction event at the village’s public works campus, 6849 W. Touhy Ave., from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 17. The event is open to all who live in the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) communities.

The recycling event will adhere to strict COVID-19 protocols. Those dropping off electronics or documents for recycling will place the items in the back of their vehicle. Public works crews will unload the items while drivers and passengers remain in their vehicles. Residents must wear masks at all times while on public works property. Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who is experiencing symptoms is asked not to attend the event. 

Electronics which will be accepted for recycling include; cable receivers, cell phones, computer cables, computer monitors, desktop, notebook, and tablet computers, converter boxes, desktop fax machines and printers, keyboards, mice, MP3 players, portable digital assistants (PDAs), satellite receivers, scanners, televisions, video game consoles, video recorders/players, and zip drives. Electronics must be removed from plastic or paper packaging. 

For documents, residents can bring up to six file-sized boxes or paper bags of documents, which would be shredded on-site. Those documents may not be bound with metal clips or binders, plastic spines or covers must also be removed. Although paper items will be accepted, photos, slides, negatives, books, store receipts, magazines, greeting cards, newspapers or any other non-paper items will not be accepted. 

Also being accepted are donations for the Niles Family Services Food Pantry. The pantry has seen a dramatic rise in demand since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March when tens of millions of people nationwide lost jobs. 

Village personnel will be wearing gloves, facemasks and face shields as they remove and process items for recycling or destruction.  

The village last held an electronics recycling event in March. A second recycling event, scheduled in June was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. That June event was rescheduled for later this month. 


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