Abt's local delivery and service departments make 9,000 calls per week. From all of those stops, we recycle everything that comes back from the customer's homes and delivery trucks (packing material, old products, etc..). Abt is proud to use bio-diesel in 64 of the diesel trucks in the fleet. We also have end-loaders, Bob Cats, and dump trucks that use bio-diesel. Chuck Metoyer, Director of Fleet Operations, makes sure that all of the new gas vehicles being added to the fleet are E85-ready. Along with fueling Abt's Green Fleet with environmentally sound fuel, Abt sends the used oil, oil filters, coolant, and batteries from all of the trucks to get recycled. The Abt team has thought of so many details when it comes to the maintenance of the Green Fleet. Even the water that washes the trucks is recycled.
For our retail customers who have electric cars, we now have an electric vehicle charging station for our customers to use while they shop. There are two connection spots available in the front of the store just to the right of the main entrance and past the handicap parking. The unit is manufactured by a company called ChargePoint. In order to use the station, the customer must first create an account with ChargePoint and order an access card. This new endeavor is to reach out to our customers that use electric cars and want to add a bit more convenience to their shopping experience at Abt Electronics.
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 1pm to 7pm
Closed: Wednesday and Sunday
Download the Illinois Electronic Products Recycling & Reuse Act fact sheet.
Our recycling program is very extensive. What used to be a necessary once daily-garbage pick-up now has been reduced to one time per week. For a company that has over 1,000 employees and serves hundreds of customers each day in the store, it is a true accomplishment to have such little waste.
We take in wood pallets, electronics, appliances, cardboard, paper, batteries, plastic, Styrofoam (white only), and materials brought in by customers. We do not accept glass, light bulbs including Christmas lights, cd/dvd/vhs tapes, and white Styrofoam peanuts. Annually, the Abt recycling center saves 2.2 million pounds of cardboard and paper from going to the local dump, over 350,000 pounds of Styrofoam from going to the landfill, and over 13 million pounds of appliances and 1.4 million pounds of electronics each year from ending up in the garbage each year.
Styrofoam takes 1,000 years to biodegrade. Instead of just disposing Styrofoam, Abt has a special machine that densities the EPS by 90% (making it look like a coiled snake). These Styrofoam coils are bagged and reused to make picture frames or plastic woods.
Com-Ed has provided an extra incentive over and above the intrinsic benefits to the environment. Currently they are giving rebates for those who responsibly recycle appliances. Abt has been chosen to participate in their rebate program.
Proper Disposal of Waste is a practice followed carefully by the recycling center. When it comes to appliances such as refrigerators and air conditioners, even if they are unusable, there will be remaining refrigerants such as Freon. Abt works directly with a company called Jaco Environmental, for the ComEd refrigerators. They remove all the Freon as well as other greenhouse gas emissions. In accordance with the EPA's Responsible Appliance Disposal Program (RAD), Abt works with a collection of partners that recover ozone-depleting chemicals from other old appliances.
Abt Electronics gladly provides recycling resources for all of our Chicago-area customers, but we know that saving the planet is not just a local battle. We want to do what we can to help customers across the country practice environmental responsibility. Below are resources that will help you find nearby recycling programs.