Recycling old technology in Chicago

Kiran Max Weber -

Nearly 2 million pounds of household chemicals and electronics have been collected at the City's permanent Household Chemicals and Computer Recycling Facility (located at 1150 N. North Branch, two blocks east of the Kennedy at Division Street) since its opening in October 2006. Visit the City's website for a list of materials that are accepted, hours of operation and other information. 


SECURITY NOTE: Before disposing of any equipment that may contain sensitive company data, make sure to fully delete and securely erase them! Contact us to schedule a follow-up visit a few weeks post installation of new equipment to properly prepare your old equipment for secure disposal.



Get free recycling with every new Mac.
Apple offers free recycling of your old system with the purchase of any qualifying Apple computer or display. If you purchase a qualifying system in an Apple Retail Store, a Specialist can sign you up for free recycling of your old system. If you purchase from the Apple Online Store, you can opt in during the checkout process.

Once you opt in, Apple will send you an email with instructions on how to recycle your old equipment. The email includes a prepaid FedEx shipping authorization for your old system. All you do is package your system securely and drop it off at any FedEx location. If you can’t find your email, or if you didn’t sign up for the program when you purchased your Mac, contact us and we’ll get you started.

You can also get an Apple Store Gift Card for the value of your old device.

Recycle even if you’re not buying a new Mac.
If you haven’t opted in to the free program by purchasing a new Mac, or if you live in Canada, you can still participate in the Apple Recycling Program. Just purchase a prepaid shipping label from the Electronic Recycling Program or call 888-638-2761. The $30 (U.S.) fee covers all costs associated with shipping used products to the Apple recycling vendor. We’ll even provide packaging materials if you need them.

Recycle Mac batteries free.
Bring your old Mac batteries to an Apple Retail Store near you and we’ll recycle them free. 

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Retail customers can easily recycle their e–waste by simply bringing their used computers, monitors, laptops, and desktop printers, faxes and all–in–ones to any U.S. Staples store.

All brands of office technology products are accepted for recycling, regardless of whether the equipment was purchased at Staples. Dell® branded office technology items are accepted for free at Staples stores nationally. All other brands of computer monitors, desktop and laptop computers, printers, scanners, all–in–ones and fax machines are accepted for a $10 fee. The recycling fee is charged to cover handling, transport, product disassembly and recycling. Smaller computer peripherals such as keyboards, mice, and speakers are accepted at no charge.


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The City of Chicago and Staples will dispose of your printer properly. You can also check with your specific printer manufacturer (i.e. Canon, HP, Xerox, etc.).


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