Bensenville Park District to host e-recycling and shred event March 19

Looking to dispose of confidential items and obsolete electronics? Well, here's your chance to get rid of them without letting your personal information get into the wrong hands.

The Bensenville Park District is hosting a drive-through e-recycling and document shred event from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 19, at the Water Park and Splash Pad parking lot, 1100 W. Wood St.

Many still dispose of confidential documents in the trash and regular recycling bins. As a result, sensitive information could fall into the wrong hands and lead to identity theft. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, many criminals obtain sensitive information printed or written on documents of citizens taken from everyday trash containers.

Bensenville residents may shred one banker's box full of documents for free, and each additional box is only $5. The fee for non-residents is $8 per banker's box. A standard banker's box is approximately 1.2 cubic feet, measuring roughly 16 inches long, 12 inches wide and 10 inches deep.

Electronics also will be collected for recycling at the event. For just $5 per vehicle, drop off unlimited approved electronic devices from the following list:

• Computers and peripherals such as desktop PCs and servers, computer mice, cables and accessories, laptops, notebooks, tablets, hard drives, computer power supplies, gaming devices, keyboards, network devices and circuit boards/cards;

• Home entertainment equipment, including video and DVD players, digital and video cameras and game consoles;

• Office and telecommunications equipment such as copiers, fax machines, video and audio equipment, PBX systems, projection equipment, printers, security equipment, receivers and transmitters, scanners and telephones;

• Data center equipment, including servers, power distribution units, mainframe computer equipment, UPS backup batteries and cables and accessories; and

• Mobile devices such as cell phones, smartphones, tablets, personal digital assistants, gaming devices, MP3 players and cameras.

According to the United Nations, 6.3 million tons of electronic waste is generated annually in the United States. Recycling electronics helps conserve landfill space and provides other environmental benefits, such as the proper disposal or recycling of certain materials. E-recycling allows for the recovery and re-use of valuable materials such as copper, gold, aluminum and certain plastics, giving them new life in new electronic equipment.

Visit the park district website,, for more information.

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