This program is for City of Madison residents and property owners ONLY. If you do not live in Madison, or if the electronic item 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 must 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.
The television recycling fee is $15.
Do not place televisions at the curb for collection. They contain hazardous material like lead and mercury that require special care.
Televisions must be taken to a Streets Division drop-off site for recycling. Televisions require a $15 recycling fee to be paid prior to dropping them off.
Exemptions: Large console TVs and large projection screen TVs are different. Due to their size, these types televisions will be picked up curb if the television has a $15 recycling fee sticker is attached. The collection will take place on your scheduled large item collection day.
If you place a television at the curb that is not one of the exemptions noted above, it will be subject to removal by city staff. If a non-exempt television is collected by city staff, property owners will be assessed the recycling fee plus a $30 administrative fee per television collected. Broken televisions will be immediately removed as they pose a safety hazard. The property owner will be assessed the recycling fee plus the administrative fee for each broken television collected.
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.
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 them off.
If you place a monitor, computer, or laptop at the curb it will be subject to removal by city staff. If one of these items is removed, the property owners will be assessed the recycling fee plus a $30 administrative fee per unit. Broken units found at the curb are subject to immediate removal as they pose a safety hazard. The property owner will be assessed the recycling fee plus an administrative fee for each broken unit removed.
Note: we are not charging a fee for tablet computers at this time. The fee is only charged for laptops and computer towers currently.
ELECTRONICS BANNED FROM THE LANDFILL
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
All material collected in our program is dismantled here in Wisconsin. The company currently contracted with the Streets Division to recycle electronics collected at the drop-off sites is Universal Recycling Technologies.
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 for a fee. Call the store for details and restrictions.
E-mail: Streets or call (608) 266-4681 for Streets West or (608) 246-4532 for Streets East.