This program is for City of Madison residents and property owners ONLY. If you do not live in Madison, or if the electronics was used exclusively for a business, consult your local government or find a registered private electronic recycler in your area for proper disposal options.
In order for electronics to be recycled, they should be taken to a drop-off site or a registered private electronic recycler. You should not place electronic items at the curb for recycling. You should not place electronics in your green recycling cart, either.
Many electronics items are banned from the landfill by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and they must be recycled. Other electronics, such as extension cords or Christmas tree lights, should also be recycled at the drop-off sites.
Some items require an appliance fee to be paid prior to recycling the item.
Starting on January 1, 2017, the television recycling fee will be $15.
We do not collect televisions at the curb. Televisions contain hazardous materials that require special care.
These items must be brought to our two full service drop-off sites for recycling. These items require a $15 recycling fee to be paid prior to dropping it off. To pay the fee, you need to obtain a $15 appliance sticker, which is available from the Streets Division offices, any city of Madison public library, or the City Treasurer's office, or online.
If you place a television at the curb it will be subject to immediate removal by city staff . Property owners will be assessed the recycling fee plus a $30 administrative fee per television . The collection and assessment will take place immediately. These items pose a safety hazard as they are often broken by vandals or scavengers seeking copper. This action is authorized by Common Council resolution.
computer monitor, laptop, or computer CPU REcycling
Computer monitors (all kinds), laptops, and computer towers/central processing units all require a $10 fee to be paid prior to dropping off these items.
Note: we are not charging a fee for tablet computers at this time. The fee is only charged for laptops and computer towers currently.
Monitors, laptops, and computers will not be collected at the curb. They can also contain materials that require special care.
These items, like all electronics, must be brought to our two full service drop-off sites for recycling. Currently, these items require a $10 recycling fee to be paid prior to dropping it off. To pay the fee, you need to obtain a $10 appliance sticker, which is available from the Streets Division offices, any city of Madison public library, or the City Treasurer's office, or online.
If you place a monitor, computer, or laptop at the curb it will be subject to immediate removal by city staff . Property owners will be assessed the recycling fee plus a $30 administrative fee per television . The collection and assessment will take place immediately. These items pose a safety hazard as they are often broken by vandals or scavengers seeking copper. This action is authorized by Common Council resolution.
ELECTRONICS BANNED FROM THE LANDFILL
Some electronics are banned from the landfill and must be brought to a drop-off site or another vendor for recycling. For a full list of banned items, use this guide provided by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Note that televisions, computers, computer monitors, laptops, and computer towers/CPUs require an additional fee to be paid prior to dropping them at the site. All other items are accepted free of charge.
The list of electronics that must be recycled and are banned from the landfill include:
- Cell phones & smart phones
- Computers (desktops, laptops, net books, tablets, etc)
- Computer peripherals
(this is any item that is exclusively used with a consumer computer)
- Computer monitors
- Web cameras, flash drives, external hard drives, etc.
- Digital video players/recorders
- DVD players
- Blu-ray players
- Fax machines
- Desktop printers
- Fax/scan/copy printers
- 3-D printers
other recyclable electronics
These electronics should be brought to the drop-off site for recycling.
These items are accepted free of charge.
- MP3 players
- Cables & cords
- Stereo components
- Floppy discs
- Carbon monoxide detectors
- (Note: We cannot recycle smoke detectors. Place smoke detectors in your tan refuse cart, or, if possible, mail them back to the manufacturer)
- Holiday/Christmas lights
- Extension cords
- Land line telephones
- Video game consoles, cartridges, and controllers
- Ink jet cartridges
- Miscellaneous small appliances (electronic scales, coffee makers, box fans, etc.)
- CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays and their boxes
- East: 4602 Sycamore Avenue (temporarily closed starting June 6, 2017)
- Temporary East Location Starting June 6, 2017: 4141 Nakoosa Trail
- West: 1501 W. Badger Road
Hours of Operation
Expanded Summer Hours: March 25, 2017 through December 3, 2017
- Monday 8:30am - 4:30pm
- Tuesday 8:30am - 8:00pm
- Wednesday 8:30am - 4:30pm
- Thursday 8:30am - 8:00pm
- Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm
- Saturday 8:30am - 4:30pm
- Sunday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Winter Hours: December 4, 2017 through March 30, 2018
- Monday: 7:30am - 3pm
- Tuesday: 7:30am - 3pm
- Wednesday: 7:30am - 3pm
- Thursday: 7:30am - 3pm
- Friday: 7:30am - 3pm
- Saturday - closed
- Sunday - closed
In observance of the Christmas holiday, the Streets Division drop-off site will be closed on Monday, December 26, 2016. The sites will also be closed on Monday, January 2nd in observance of the New Year's Day holiday.
- January 1st, New Year's Day (observed in 2017 on Monday, January 2)
- January 16, Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
- May 29, Memorial Day
- July 4, Independence Day
- September 4, Labor Day
- November 23 & 24, Thanksgiving Holiday
- December 24th, Christmas Eve the sites close at 11 a.m.
- December 25th, Christmas Day (observed in 2016 on Monday, December 26)
- December 31st, New Year's Eve the sites close at 11 am
You must purchase a fee sticker for each item which requires a fee. Stickers are NOT sold at the drop off location.
Starting January 1, 2017, televisions will cost $15.
Computer monitors, computer towers/CPU, and laptops cost $10. Tablet computers do not presently require a fee.
Stickers are available at our offices during regular office business hours, at all Madison Public Libraries, and at madisonpay.com. Go to Appliance Fee Stickers for more information.
All material collected in our program is dismantled here in Wisconsin. We do not ship material out of the country for processing.
other Recycling Options
Goodwill accepts computers, monitors, and printers at their donations centers. Call the stores for details.
2127 East Springs Drive
4530 Verona Rd.
2501 Royal Ave. Monona
Best Buy Accepts TVs and computers, at a cost. Call the store for details
E-mail: Streets or call (608) 266-4681 for Streets West or (608) 246-4532 for Streets East.