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This program is for City of Madison residents, and property owners ONLY. If you do not live in Madison, consult your local government or find a registered private electronic recycler in your area for proper disposal options.

We do not collect televisions, computer monitors, laptops, or computer CPUs at the curb.

These items 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 $10 recycling fee to be paid prior to leaving these items at the drop off site. 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.

If you place a television, computer monitor, laptop, or computer CPU at the curb it will be subject to immediate removal by city staff . Property owners will be assessed the $10 recycling fee plus a $30 administrative fee. The collection and assessment will take place immediately. Please do not put these items at the curb.

Exceptions: Large console TVs and large projection screen TVs will be picked up curbside if a $10 fee sticker is attached. The collection will take place on your scheduled large item collection day. A console TV is an older model that is as much a piece of furniture as a TV.


Some electronics are banned from the landfill and should be brought to a drop off site or other vendor for recycling. For a full list of banned items, use this guide provided by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

The list includes televisions, computers, keyboards, TVs, cell phones, VCRs, and many other common electronic items.

What We Accept For Recycling

The Following Items Require a $10 Fee

  • CPUs (towers, desk top computers)
  • Monitors
  • Laptop computers
  • Televisions

The Following Items Are Accepted Free of Charge

  • Tablet computers, e-readers, etc.
  • Keyboards
  • Miscellaneous computer parts and components
  • Hard drives
  • Scanners
  • Mouse
  • Desktop printers
  • Cash registers
  • Cables
  • 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)
  • Extension cords
  • VCRs
  • Cell Phones (including smart phones)
  • Telephones
  • DVD/Blu-ray players
  • Video Game Consoles
  • Ink jet cartridges
  • Miscellaneous small appliances (electronic scales, coffee makers, box fans, etc.)
  • Cameras


Drop Off Locations and Hours


  • East: 4602 Sycamore Avenue
  • West: 1501 W. Badger Road

Hours of Operation

Summer Hours: March 26, 2016 through December 4, 2016

  • 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 5, 2016 through March 25, 2017
  • Monday through Friday 7:30am - 3pm


Holiday Closures

The drop off sites are closed on the following holidays

  • January 21st Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
  • May 31, 2016, Memorial Day
  • July 4, 2016, Independence Day
  • September 5, 2016, Labor Day
  • November 24 & 25, 2016Thanksgiving Holiday
  • December 24th, Christmas Eve the sites close at 11 a.m.
  • December 31st, New Year's Eve the sites close at 11 a.m.

Recycling Fee
You must purchase a $10 fee sticker for each item which requires a fee. Stickers are NOT sold at the drop off location. They are available at our offices during regular office business hours, at all Madison Public Libraries, and at Go to Appliance Fee Stickers for more informattion.

All material collected in our program is dismantled here in Wisconsin. We do not ship material out of the country for processing.


E-mail: Streets or call (608) 267-2626.

Televisions, Monitors, and Computers Left at the curb

We do not collect televisions, monitors, or computers left at the curb. TV's and Monitors left at the curb will be collected immediately and the property owner will be assessed $40 for the collection. ($10 recycling fee plus a $30 administrative charge.) 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.

Free or Low Cost 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 TV's and computers call the store for details


For other options...