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Recycling Centers 

Accepted Items

County-operated sites are located in Aurora, Batavia & West Dundee - scroll down for addresses, open hours, map & directions. 

Summary information about item acceptance is below, but please see this pdf menu (redesigned & updated Jan. 2023) for further detail.

books, clothing and shoes, scrap metal, cardboard, aerosol cans

County-operated sites all accept: 

  • Electronics
  • Clothing and home textiles
  • Shoes and clothing accessories
  • Books (soft and hardcover)
  • Paper and shredded paper
  • Corrugated cardboard

Additionally accepted at Batavia only:

  • Appliances that do not contain refrigerants (e.g., washers, driers, dishwashers, stoves, hot water heaters) 
  • Scrap metal
  • Obsolete media (cassette tapes, VHS, Betamax, CD, DVD, CD-ROM, laserdisc, etc.)
  • Aerosol cans, with or without residual material (see Flat Can Recycling's guidance for acceptance limits)
  • Small (<16oz.) propane tanks
  • Isobutane canisters

The affiliate site operated by LRS in Elburn only accepts electronics.


The following information applies to all County-operated sites and the affiliate site in Elburn (for TVs and monitors). The vast majority of accepted materials are free to recycle at County Centers. The following items are the exceptions:
  • Monitors (all locations - all types, flat screen or glass tube) and TVs/Televisions (all locations - all types, ​all ages, flat screen or glass tube) have a cost to recycle​. All other electronics are free to drop off.
    • ​$25 per item for screens under 21 inches (measured diagonally) 
    • $35 per item for screens 21 inches or over (measured diagonally) 
    • Fees do not apply to items with a built-in screen (e.g. laptops, tablets, smart phones, e-readers, etc.)
  • ​​​Accepted aerosol items and small (16 oz. or smaller) isobutane tanks (Batavia and Aurora only): $1 per item
  • Small (16 oz. or smaller) propane tanks (Batavia and Aurora only) $3​ per item

How to pay:
  • The attendants at Aurora, Batavia and West Dundee can take cash or card
  • You can also pre-pay online for Aurora, Batavia and West Dundee ​(please bring printed receipt)​
  • If you're planning to take a TV or monitor to the affiliate Elburn site, the fee must be paid to LRS over the phone. Please call 844-633-3577.

Recycling Center Locations and Hours

Check out our interactive map of Kane County Program Locations below. Click​ on the "four corners" icon to open in a new browser tab. 

Aurora, Ace Hardware on Lake Street
Location: Saturday Pop-up collections for electronics, clothing & shoes, paper and scrap metal and more in the Ace Hardware parking lot at 994 N Lake Street, Aurora, IL 60506. Many thanks to the business owner for working with us! Note: the former location at 911 N. Lake is no longer open to the public. MAP
Hours/Schedule: We will have a pop-up once a month on the first Saturday from 9am until noon. Upcoming dates are April 1st (no fooling!) ​and May 6th​​
Directions: ​If traveling north on Lake St., look for the iconic Northgate Plaza sign on the west side of the road. Use the next traffic light afte​r the plaza entrance to turn left into the Ace Hardware lot and look for the e-Works box truck. If traveling south on Lake St., turn right into the driveway just north​ of the Ace Hardware sign. It is the fourth right turn after the intersection of Lake and Indian Trail. Look for the e-Works box truck.​

eWorks box truck near Ace Hardware sign​​
Batavia, Fabyan Parkway (former Juvenile Justice Center)
Location: 517 E. Fabyan Parkway, Batavia, IL 60510​ MAP​​
Hours: H​ours are M-F 8am-4pm​ ​​(See all 2023 Holiday Closures)​​​

Directions: ​If traveling west on Fabyan Pkwy., turn right into the driveway about 1000 ft. past the intersection (with traffic light) with N. Raddant Rd. If traveling east on Fabya​n Pkwy., turn left about 150 ft. after passing Surrey Rd​. on the right. Surrey Rd. is the second right after crossing Rt. 25.​​​​​​

Staff unload items from a car at Fabyan Parkway

​West Dundee, Public Works​​
Location: ​900 Angle Tarn, West Dundee, IL 60118 MAP​ 
Hours: ​Hours are M-F 7am-3pm (See all 2023 Holiday Closures)​​​
Directions: If traveling north on Rt. 31, look for the intersection with ​Bo​ncosky Rd. on the left. Continue about 1/3 mile and take the ​next left turn onto Angle Tarn. Pass the church parking lot and turn right onto Beacon St. then take a slight left to find the Center behind the DPW building. If traveling south on Rt. 31, look for the intersection with Willow Ln. and Strom Dr. Continue about 1/2 mile and take the next right turn onto Angle Tarn. Pass the church parking lot and turn right onto Beacon St. then take a slight left to find the Center behind the DPW building.

Items on palets at the West Dundee site

Elburn, Electronic Waste Center (independently operated by LRS​​) Registration Required before drop off, for this location only.
Location: 1N138 Linlar Drive, Elburn, IL 60119 MAP
Hours: M-F 8:30am-2:30pm​
Accepts: Electronics Only. See LRS website for guidance on item acceptance.    

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to make an appointment to drop off? ​Only for the LRS-operated site in Elburn. The County-operated sites are open to the public with no appointment during the posted hours.

Why is there a fee on TVs and monitors? TVs and monitors contain lead and/or mercury ​and must be processed as hazardous material, a more expensive process that makes the fee a necessity. The fee is paid directly to the County's contracted electronics recycler ​- eWorks Electronic Services, Inc., a non-profit that trains and employs people with developm​en​tal disabilities. You are helping a good cause and responsibly disposing of your used electronics! 

Where can I recycle TVs and monitors for free? The first place to check is with your town's contracted waste hauler​. Some hauling contracts include disposal of electronics, including TVs and monitors, at no additional cost to residents. Sometimes this service is available on demand and sometimes only on certain dates. Try a search engine query with the name of your town and the name of the hauler to see if the hauler has a dedicated service page describing the services offered to your town, as this is often the case, or, give them a call. The second place to check is with your municipal government as cities and towns do sometimes hold free electronic recycling days. If we learn about these events ahead of time, we​ list them under "what's new" on our homepage

Why is there a fee on aerosols, propane and butane canisters? These fees are retained by the recycler, Flat Can Recycling, to cover the costs of can disassembly and safe disposal of any residual material.

If I drop off a computer or hard drive, how do you ensure that my personal data is safe? Kane County contracts with eWorks Electronic Services, Inc.​ located in Elk Grove Village. EWorks is R2 (Responsible Recycling) certified, which means they must meet rigorous standards for the handling of all data-containing devices. Data containing devices are kept locked up at the Recycling Centers when stored overnight. Once they are transported to eWorks in Elk Grove, the devices are separated into two streams - those intended for resale (newer devices only) and those intended for recycling. All devices and components routed for recycling have their hard drives​ or other data-containing components shredded. Devices selected for resale are segregated carefully at eWorks and remain in locked storage at all ti​mes. Trained technicians implement BLANCO data erasure software and​ the Department of Defens​e​ Standard 7-pass kill disk to completely erase existing data prior to resale. This is the process used for devices collection at all Kane County Recycling Centers and events, including the LRS-run site in Elburn. 

May I drop off equipment associated with a business or office?
Yes, though with some quantity limits. We prefer all business quantity deliveries be brought to the Batavia (Fabyan Parkway) site.

  • For large volumes, ongoing quantities, or specific documentation requirements, please contact eWorks (217-364-7472) for a customized quote and service program options. Businesses requiring specific documentation (itemized receipts for non-fee items, certificates of recycling/destruction, etc.) must make prior arrangements with eWorks before drop off in order to receive the documentation).
  • Up to 2 pallets worth can be delivered to Batavia without prior notice.  
  • Anything more than 2 pallets will require that you call to make an appointment (217-364-7472).
  • ​Identify yourself as a business (for tracking purposes) at the time of delivery (bring a business card or a tax ID #).
  • You will pay the same cost for TVs and Monitors as residents do: TVs and Monitors cost $25 (under 21" measured diagonally) or $35 (21" or over).  All other items are FREE to drop off. 
  • Businesses can pay with a credit card at the time of delivery.
Alternatively, ​busi​nesses may see the whole list of electronics recycling companies​​ that can assist with electronics recycling needs.​​