E-waste recycling done right

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CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — If you’ve ever tried getting rid of an old TV, you know doing it the right way can be a hassle.

You’ve also probably seen plenty of e-waste where it shouldn’t be: in regular garbage cans or piled next to dumpsters. But, the good news is, throwing out old electronics could soon be easier.

For the record, there are plenty of chairs and couches sitting by dumpsters. Some garbage haulers will pick them up, others won’t.

Either way, eventually someone has to deal with it. Sometimes, that someone is Kevin Hunsinger.

“At turnover time in August, the amount of trash that shouldn’t go in the dumpsters just incrementally increases,” he says.

He owns rental properties on and off UI’s campus. When a hauler doesn’t clean up the mess outside, he often has to. But, he’s not torqued out of shape about the leftover loveseats.

“TV’s, electronics, that’s the toughest one to deal with because no one in Champaign-Urbana takes a TV,” says Hunsinger, “You have to go to Peoria with them.”

“There is nowhere to really get rid of those in Champaign County right now, except for Best Buy and they only accept certain types of TV’s.”

Champaign environmental sustainability specialist Nichole Millage says a couple other business will also take TV’s, but only certain types and sizes.

Besides that, your only option is the twice-a-year recycling event at Parkland College. That’s great for most of you, but Hunsinger says he’s still out of luck.

“You can, as an individual homeowner, but as a business, they don’t really want you bringing in 40 TV’s,” he says.

The good news is, the county’s Regional Planning Commission says it’s working on finding a permanent place TV’s can be taken year-round. So you, your landlord, and your city can focus on throwing away trash and not time.

“We definitely pick up some TV’s or electronics on the streets, or in the ditches ourselves,” says Millage.

The next electronics recycling event is in October at Parkland College. It’s hosted by Champaign County, the City of Champaign, City of Urbana, and the Village of Savoy  Registration opens September 10.

When it comes time to register for the recycling event online, click here.

There are plenty of places in the area which take furniture, appliances and other items garbage haulers don’t want in your dumpster.

For information on where to recycle items in Champaign, click here. Click here for Urbana.

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