UPDATE: ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Rockford families will be able to drop off their electronics to be recycled for free.
For the next three years, the city has signed as new contract with Universal recycling technologies.
They’ve got e-recycling bins set up at the Mobil gas stations on South Main and at Lyford Road.
Last year, nearly one and a half million pounds was collected.
UPDATE: The city of Rockford says e-recycling bins at the Mobil gas stations on South Main and at Lyford Road will stay open for now.
Earlier this month, Universal Recycling Technologies said it would be closing the free collection sites at the end of the month because manufacturers are o longer footing the bill.
The city says the partnership has been extended until a more permanent solution has been reached. More than one million pounds of electronics have been collected through the e-Waste program since April 2013.
ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- It looks like we’ll need to find a different place to recycle our old electronics.
More than one million pounds of electronics have been collected through the e-waste program since April 2013, just between the two locations at the Mobil gas stations on South Main and at Lyford Road.
The city says e-waste has been so popular in such a short time that Universal Recycling Technologies in Janesville is stopping it because manufacturers are no longer footing the bill. Charlie Schaefer with the city says ending this recycling program doesn’t leave people with many options.
“This has been extremely convenient because it’s 24/7, the place is open all night all day, every day of the year and it’s just not going in the landfill, it’s not going in our alleys, so it’s a big deal for Rockford.
Schaeffer says the recycling program stopped people from illegally dumping their old TV’s and computers on the streets. That’s why he hopes to extend the program, but for now, he says they are looking at options for us to recycle.
July 28th is the last day for us to use the e-waste recycling bins. There are a few other options for now, including big box stores like Staples and Best Buy who will also take certain electronics. For a full list of what electronics they take and which they won’t, please click on the attached links.