City of
Madison

This program is for City of Madison residents and property owners only. Businesses may not use the Streets Division's electronics recycling.

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.

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How to Recycle Electronics

For Madison residents, electronics must be taken to a drop-off site.  Place the items into a cardboard box within the electronics recycling area.

Or they may also choose a different private electronic recycler.

Do not place electronic items at the curb for recycling. Do not place electronics in your green recycling cart, either.

Some items require a recycling fee to be paid prior to recycling the item.

 

television recycling

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.

To pay the fee, purchase a $15 recycling sticker.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, sticker purchase locations are restricted and stickers must be purchased in advance. Check the Streets Division's COVID-19 page for information about how to purchase fee stickers.

 

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 staffIf 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.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, sticker purchase locations are restricted and stickers must be purchased in advance. Check the Streets Division's COVID-19 page for information about how to purchase fee stickers.

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.

 

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)
    • Keyboards
    • Computer monitors
    • Mice
    • Scanners
    • Modems
    • Routers
    • Web cameras, flash drives, external hard drives, etc.
  • Digital video players/recorders
  • DVD players
  • Blu-ray players
  • E-readers
  • Fax machines
  • Printers
    • Desktop printers
    • Fax/scan/copy printers
    • 3-D printers
  • Televisions
  • VCRs

 

other recyclable electronics

These electronics should be brought to the drop-off site for recycling.

Basically, if it has a plug or it run by a battery, there's a good chance it can be recycled with the electronics.

Contact us if you have other questions about what we can and cannot accepted.

Here is a partial list of all of the various gizmos we can take.

These items are accepted free of charge.

  • MP3 players
  • Cables & cords
  • Stereos
  • 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
  • Printer cartridges
  • Miscellaneous small appliances (electronic scales, coffee makers, box fans, etc.)
  • Cameras
  • Vacuums
  • Cash registers
  • Hair dryers, curling irons, etc.

 

CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays

These items are acceptable in the drop-off sites and they are sent for data destruction, but not recycled.

 

Who recycles the electronics?


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 local Recycling Options

  • Cascade Asset Management

Accepts many different electronics for recycling. This service will be available again starting March 15, 2021.

  • Goodwill

Accepts computers, monitors, and printers at their donations centers. Call the stores for details.

  • File 13

Accepts electronics for a fee and offers in-home pick-up for a charge. Contact store for details and pricing.

  • Best Buy

Accepts TVs and computers for a fee. Call the store for details and restrictions.

  • Madison Recycling Center (operated by Waste Management)

Accepts certain electronics. Contact them for pricing details.

  • Resource Solutions

Accepts many electronics for a fee. Contact them for details.

Donation options?

Most organizations will not accept old computers or televisions or other out-dated technology.

Please check with the organization where you would like to donate your items before loading your vehicle.

 

 

QUESTIONS?

E-mail: Streets or call (608) 266-4681 for Streets West or (608) 246-4532 for Streets East.