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Madison Residents can recycle many mixed rigid plastics items. If items are still usable, please consider up cycling your items at second-hand stores. This helps extend the life of plastic items, keeping them out of our landfills as long as possible. Learn more here

Due to changes in international markets for rigid plastics we can ONLY accept rigid plastics #2 (HDPE) and #5 (PP). Fortunately, these plastic represent the vast majority of rigid plastics. Rigid plastic items listed below that are neither #2 or #5 must be discarded with your regular refuse. We appreciate your cooperation.

What Can Be Recycled?
  • WE CAN ONLY RECYCLE RIGID PLASTIC #2 (HDPE) AND #5 (PP)
  • Plastic Toys
    NO METAL / NO WOOD / NO WIRES / NO BATTERIES
  • Plastic buckets NO metal handles
  • Plastic milk/soda crates
  • Plastic laundry baskets
  • Plastic lawn furniture
  • Plastic landscape items such as edging
  • Microwave trays
  • Plastic totes- any size NO metal
  • Plastic drums- any size
    Food Grade ONLY, No chemical containers
  • Plastic pet carriers No Metal
  • Plastic pallets
  • Plastic coolers
  • Plastic shelving
  • Plastic closet organizers
  • Plastic dish drainers
  • Plastic flower pots No soil
  • Plastic traffic signs
  • Empty garbage cans- any size No Metal
  • Plastic waste baskets
  • 5 gallon water bottles

Note: Metal handles, axles, etc. must be removed by the customer. The metal can be recycled in the scrap metal area at the drop off sites.

All items should be rinsed and any lose soil, dirt, etc. removed.

What Items Cannot Be Recycled?
  • Rigid plastic items #3 (PVC) #4(LLDPE), #6 (PS) and #7 (Other)
  • PVC Pipe/Tubing
  • Vinyl Siding
  • Plastic Film (Grocery bags & Stretch film)
  • Chemical Containers
  • Pesticide/Herbicide Containers
  • Petroleum Containers
  • Flexible Water Hoses
  • Hazardous Material
  • Medical Waste

Where Do I Recycle This Plastic?
This material must be brought to one of our two full service drop off sites. Those sites are:

NOTE: DO NOT PUT THESE RIGID PLASTICS IN YOUR GREEN RECYCLING CART.

You must bring these items to the drop off sites to get them recycled.

Who Can Use The Program
The use of the City of Madison drop off sites and this program is limited to City of Madison residents and property owners.

If you have questions or need additional information contact George Dreckmann at (608) 267-2626.

Examples of mixed rigid plastic
Examples of mixed rigid plastic