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A Citywide E-Waste Recycling Drive Will Be Hosted by Abt Electronics, the City of Chicago and Chicago Green Office Challenge

GLENVIEW, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 16, 2013--

Abt Electronics, one of the nation's largest independent, single-store appliance and electronics retailers, is joining forces with the City of Chicago and Chicago Green Office Challenge to help local residents recycle their "e-waste" in an environmentally friendly fashion. On Monday, April 22, in honor of Earth Day, Abt will help make Chicagoland a little "greener" by encouraging individuals and local businesses to dispose of their unneeded electronics and appliances by dropping them off at one of the four recycling collection locations.

"Abt has long been on the forefront of responsible green practices and it's a cause we are close to,"said Abt's Co-President Jon Abt. "We are thrilled to be partnered with the City of Chicago for our first ever e-waste drive. There are lots of people with old cell phones or home electronics that are collecting dust and taking up space because they don't know what to do with them. Now is the time to sensibly recycle these products in a way that will benefit the community greatly."

Expanding access to recycling services and increasing participation in the Chicago Green Office Challenge are key actions called out in the Sustainable Chicago 2015 action agenda, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's environmental plan for the City of Chicago.

Additionally, Abt's unique partnership with Chicago Green Office Challenge, a City of Chicago initiative designed to help Chicago businesses and employees improve sustainability in the workplace, will urge city companies to demonstrate environmental leadership by recycling old computers and other office equipment. It will not only reduce businesses' environmental impact, but also decrease health hazards related to lead and mercury in communities adjacent to landfill sites.

There will be a total of four electronics and appliance recycling collection sites set up around the Chicago area on April 22. Time and location information is below. Participant who drop off e-waste materials at the designated locations will receive a branded t-shirt or tote bag made from recycled material, while supplies last.

Where are the e-waste drop-off locations?

1. Chicago Center for Green Technology (445 N Sacramento Blvd., Chicago, IL) -- 5am --11am

2. WGN TV Studio (2501 West Bradley Place, Chicago, IL) -- 6:30am --10am

3. Chicago Loop (Michigan Ave. and Lake St., Downtown Chicago) -- 6:30am --1:30pm

4. Abt Electronics (1200 N. Milwaukee Ave., Glenview, IL) -- 9am -- 12pm

What is e-waste?

Electronic waste includes electrical and electronic equipment that has or could enter the waste stream. E-waste includes most business and household appliances with power or battery supply.

What items will be accepted during the e-waste drive?

  • Electronics (computers, computer displays, hard copy devices, keyboards &mice, TVs, mobile devices)
  • Batteries
  • Appliances (Microwaves, refrigerators, dishwashers etc. including countertop and vacuums)
  • White Styrofoam (no peanuts)
  • Wood pallets (must be intact)
  • No glass, no light bulbs

To learn more about the Earth Day e-waste recycling drive, including additional details on what items will and will not be accepted, please go to For more information about what is e-waste, please go to Additionally, Abt will kick-off their Earth Day Celebration on Sunday, April 21 from 12pm-3pm with family fun activities including crafts and workshops from local organizations. For more information, check out

About Abt Electronics

Abt Electronics, founded in 1936, is one of the largest independent, single-store appliance and electronics retailers in the country. The third-generation, family-run Abt Electronics provides unparalleled customer service with its team of 1,100 expert staff members at its Glenview, Ill.-based store, which boasts a 100,000 square-foot showroom on 37 acres. The company has been recognized by the Chicago Tribune as the "Top Large Workplace in Chicago" for two consecutive years (2012, 2011). Abt services customers nationwide through, where customers can receive advice and customer support through the site's live chat feature, email and toll-free phone number. Abt has its own 12,000 square-foot recycling center and features an atrium where customers gain access to its boutique stores-within-a-store such as The Apple Boutique. For more information, visit

About the Chicago Green Office Challenge

The Chicago Green Office Challenge is a City of Chicago initiative launched in 2008 to encourage friendly competition amongst commercial offices and buildings to make Chicago more livable, sustainable and prosperous by reducing energy, water and waste consumption. The Green Office Challenge is free to play and open to the entire City of Chicago. Sign your business up today to play and engage with colleagues, earn points, have fun and receive public recognition for your work! For more information, visit


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