August Moving Days: Recycling Televisions and Other Electronics
The annual August Moving Days ritual in downtown Madison will begin soon. On top of packing, hauling, and saying goodbyes, movers need to decide just what to do with all their unwanted stuff.
This is the fourth and final release from the Streets Division for moving days this year. The links below will lead to the previous releases. All of the information about how to handle and donate things during moving days can also be found on the Streets Division website, www.cityofmadison.com/movingdays.
Previous Student Move Information Announcements:
- How to use the collection carts and information on daily collections in the move out area.
- Information on local donation and resale opportunities
- Information on how appliances, furniture, and other large items should be prepared for pickup
Electronics Recycling Information
Many common electronic items, like televisions, computers, and printers, are banned from landfills in Wisconsin. These items should not be placed to the curb or in the curbside carts for collection.
Many other items like Christmas tree lights and vacuums can be recycled, too. But in order to recycle these items, they cannot be left at the curb or placed into the carts.
How to Recycle Electronics
Electronics must be delivered to the Streets Division’s drop-off sites, or to a reputable private electronics recycler in the area that will protect your data and handle the material safely.
Guidelines for Computer & Laptop Recycling
Do not place computers, monitors, or laptops at the curb for collection. They must be brought to a drop-off site for recycling. There is a recycling fee for each computer or laptop.
Guidelines for Recycling Electronics Banned from Landfills & Other Electronics
Do not place electronics that are banned from the landfill out for collection. Banned electronics include items like printers and DVD players. These items must be recycled. They must be taken to a drop-off site.
For a list of electronics banned from the landfill go to www.cityofmadison.com/ecycle or consult the Electronics Recycling section of the Recyclopedia.
Other electronics can be recycled as well, like Christmas tree lights or vacuums. These, too, should be taken to a drop-off site in order to be recycled.
Using the Streets Division Drop-off Sites
The Streets Division offers drop-off services for all residents of the City of Madison.
In order to use the drop-off site to recycle electronics, or other items, individuals must provide proof of City of Madison residency by showing a driver’s license or another official document (such as vehicle registration or lease documents) that shows residency within Madison.
The drop-off sites are located at 1501 W. Badger Rd. on the southwest side and 4602 Sycamore Ave. on the east side.
This time of year, the drop-off sites are open 8:30am to 4:30pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The sites are open 8:30am to 8:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Drop-off site hours will change in December.
Recycling Sticker Sales
Televisions, computers, and laptops require a recycling fee sticker.
Stickers can be purchased at the Streets Division offices at 1501 W. Badger Rd. and 4602 Sycamore Ave. between the hours of 7:30am and 4:00pm Monday to Friday.
Attendants at the drop-off site do not sell recycling fee stickers. Stickers are only sold in the office during the normal office hours noted above.
Stickers can also be purchased at any City of Madison public library branch and the Treasurer’s office in the City-County Building, room 107.
Stickers can be purchased online at www.madisonpay.com , but stickers will need to be mailed to you after purchase.
If there are questions, all residents are encouraged to contact the Streets Division.
Residents who live east of S. Park Street, and that includes the isthmus, should call 608-246-4532.
Residents west of S. Park Street, and that includes the neighborhoods around Camp Randall, should call 608-266-4681.
Additional information can also be found on the Streets Division’s Moving Days website, the Streets Division’s electronics recycling website, and the Recyclopedia.
Don’t forget to watch and share the Streets Division’s YouTube video on how to have a fast and safe move out.
- Bryan Johnson, 608-267-2626, email@example.com