Residential Electronics Recycling Event in Champaign-Urbana to Return This Fall – Hopefully

By Paul Ploumis

The city of Champaign has announced that it is planning to host its Fall Residential Electronics Collection Event on Sat., Oct 10, 2020 – but cautions that for now, the plan is tentative.

“Please know that only time will tell whether large-scale events can take place in the fall. We will update the registration website as more info becomes available,” the city posted on Facebook. “If we are able to host the Oct 10th event, then the online registration will open on Tuesday, Sept. 1.”

The city of Champaign’s spring Residential Electronics Collection was cancelled in late March, due to restrictions related to Covid-19 and the stay-at-home order in place at that time. The spring event was supposed to take place on Saturday, May 16, 2020. Of course in the months since then, many people have been cleaning out their homes perhaps more than usual – causing a backlog of items needing to be recycled.

Pre-registration is required to participate; registration will open on Sept. 1.

As in previous events in recent years, area residents can sign up for a 15-minute time slot to drop off their used electronic items for recycling, free of charge. The registration procedure has cut down on long wait times that had been the norm in previous events before the registration system was put in place.

To register, simply visit the website beginning Sept. 1. If you need assistance with registering, please email recycling@champaignil.gov on Sept 1. As part of your registration, you will select one of the 15-minute time slots to bring your items. This helps keep wait times to a minimum.

There is a four television limit per person/postcard and a seven item total limit. This collection event is the only cost-free, local option to dispose of an older, tube-style television. More info on what is accepted and what isn’t accepted is available at the registration website.

Previous collection events have taken place at Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Avenue in Champaign. A map of the specific location within the Parkland campus will be provided on your confirmation postcard.

Residency requirements to register

At this time, 18 cities and villages within the County have agreed to participate in helping to support this
event. Persons residing in the following Champaign County communities are eligible to register: Bondville, Broadlands, Champaign, Fisher, Gifford, Homer, Ivesdale, Longview, Mahomet, Ogden, Rantoul, St. Joseph, Savoy, Sidney, Thomasboro, Tolono, Urbana and Unincorporated Champaign County.

Who should not register for the event?
Residents who live outside of Champaign County or in non-participating communities in Champaign County should not register for this event.  Which communities in Champaign  County are not participating?  As of 2/18/20, the non-participating communities include: Foosland, Pesotum, Philo, Royal, and Sadorus.
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