What: Motorola, the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus and Supply-Chain Services, Inc. invite residents of the community to gather their used household electronics and drop them off at Motorola's Schaumburg campus for recycling to help ensure that end-of-life products are recycled responsibly and do not end up in landfills.
Materials collected at the event will be processed at the Lombard, Ill., facility of Supply-Chain Services, a leading electronics recycler that holds six stringent certifications for environmental management and data security. All hard drives will go through Supply-Chain Services' National Association for Information Destruction - certified rigorous data sanitization process that exceeds the U.S. Department of Defense's data destruction specification.
Acceptable Items - According to Illinois Electronics Recycling Law:
- Computers - laptops and desktops
- Computer peripherals and accessories - computer monitors, computer cable, computer mice and keyboards, scanners, printers, zip drives and personal digital assistants (PDA)
- Entertainment equipment - televisions, MP3 players, video game consoles, video cassette recorder/players, digital video disk players or similar video devices
- Mobile telephones
- Stand-alone facsimile machines
Unacceptable Items* - According to Illinois Electronics Recycling Law:
- Large home appliances - air conditioners, refrigerators, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, microwaves
- Small home appliances - blenders, toasters, vacuum cleaners,
- Office equipment - typewriters, postage machines, paper shredders, calculators, copy machines, print cartridges, software (including CD/DVD disks and games)
- Digital cameras and video cameras (camcorders)
- Land Line Telephones and answering machines
- Power tools and cords
- Stereo equipment
This event focuses on residential-generated electronics only. Businesses, school districts, churches and government institutions can visit the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook Country (www.swancc.org) or the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (www.swalco.org) websites for alternate recycling resources.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 9
Motorola Schaumburg Campus
1303 E. Algonquin Rd., Schaumburg, Ill.
Use Visitor's Entrance A and follow the signs
Interview Opportunities and Visuals:
Representatives will be available throughout the day for interviews about the importance of recycling and proper disposal of household electronics.
Key visuals for media interested in covering the event:
- Large volumes of household electronics sorted by product categories
- Cars lined up with local residents to tell their stories of what they are recycling
Why: Technology is evolving rapidly, and consumers want the latest features. By helping local residents with end-of-life electronics collection, Motorola, the MMC and SSI are helping to reduce the community’s environmental footprint and helping to:
- Recapture valuable materials from old electronics that can be used in manufacturing new products, reducing demand for raw materials
- Protect the environment, by practicing best management for electronics recycling
- Support the Illinois EPA Electronic Products Recycling & Reuse Act
This event will marks the 11th year that Motorola has hosted household electronics recycling events, with both community participation and the volume of electronics collected increasing substantially each year. The first event in 1999 drew 400 cars dropping off 35 tons of electronics. In 2008, the number of cars participating grew to 2,500 with 135 tons collected. In total, almost 900 tons or approximately 125 semi-trailers full of electronics have been diverted from landfills through this community event.
Motorola, the MMC and SSI all encourage recycling beyond this annual event. Many local communities host ongoing electronics recycling events. Visit the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook Country (www.swancc.org) or the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (www.swalco.org) websites for additional electronics recycling opportunities. These websites also provide recycling resources for items not accepted at this event.
Consumers can also go to www.motorola.com/recycle to print a postage-paid label for returning mobile phones and accessories, modems, routers and cordless phones to Motorola at no charge.