La Salle County residents will not have to pay next year to recycle old televisions.
They will, however, have to schedule a time during electronic recycling collection days to drop off items.
On Thursday, the La Salle County Board entered into a new electronic recycling collection contract with A-Team Recyclers, of Shorewood, to conduct three to four collection events at the La Salle County Governmental Complex on Etna Road in Ottawa.
This past year, residents had to pay $25 per TV or monitor recycled at these events. In 2020, it will be free with a two-TV limit. La Salle County will pay the company $7,500 per event.
The hope is reservation requirements will make the recycling collections more manageable.
Instead of waiting hours in lengthy lines to turn in old televisions or computer monitors, residents will reserve a time to drop off items. These time slots will be set up by calling a phone number or making online reservations. Residents will not be able to show up the same day and recycle electronics without a reservation.
In 2018, cars lined Etna Road in Ottawa to Route 23 for more than a mile, gumming up traffic and making it difficult to get to destinations in the city's north business district.
"We're hoping the new setup cuts down on the traffic issue," said Brian Gift, director of La Salle County Environmental Services and Land Use.
Collection dates have not been set, but they will be scheduled between spring and fall, Gift said.
"Hang onto those televisions," he said.
Gift also added there will be a larger list of items accepted. The list, along with new details on how to schedule drop-offs, will be released to media and posted to the La Salle County Environmental Services and Land Use website when dates are announced.
Also Thursday, La Salle County agreed to work with Dynamic Lifecycle Innovations, of Onalaska, Wis., to recycle electronics collected. The agreement with A-Team Recyclers pertains only to the collection of electronics.