It is illegal to throw many electronics in the garbage. City crews will NOT pick up electronics and no one may put any of the banned items in the trash. These items include
- Blu-ray players, DVD players, VCRs and DVRs
- Computers (including desktop, laptop, netbooks, tablets, and e-readers)
- Computer monitors
- Printers and Fax machines (desktop and those that scan/fax/and or copy)
- Computer accessories including keyboards, mice, external hard drives, speakers, flash drives, external modems and routers, etc.
- Cell phones
Downloadable flyer available in English (link: http://city.milwaukee.gov/ImageLibrary/Groups/cityDPW/divisions/operations/docs/ECycleFlyer-BannedItems_Modifi.pdf) and Espanol (link: http://city.milwaukee.gov/ImageLibrary/Groups/cityDPW/divisions/operations/docs/ECycleFlyer-BannedItems_Spanis.pdf )
How can I dispose of these items?
City of Milwaukee residents (with proof of residency or property ownership as well as a valid driver’s license) may take items (maximum 3 TVs) to either Self Help Center for recycling with no charge
- Additional drop-off locations
Visit the DNR’s E-Cycle webpage (link: https://wisconsindnr.shinyapps.io/EcycleCollectorSite) to find all drop-off sites near you.
Why is it important to recycle electronics and what happens to my electronics once I drop them off?
Electronics are the fastest growing segment of municipal solid waste. These devices may contain hazardous materials including lead, chromium, and mercury. By keeping electronics out of the landfills we are reducing land, air, and water pollution while also reducing the negative impact these materials can have on human health. Electronics also contain valuable materials that can be saved and used in the manufacturing of new products. Reusing these materials helps conserve natural resources and reduces the pollution associated with the extraction and processing of those natural resources. To see what happens to your electronics once you drop them off, watch this 7 minute video (link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keER92rlzWI&feature=youtu.be) from the DNR.
Wisconsin’s electronics recycling law was passed in 2009 and banned many consumer electronics from landfills after September 1st, 2010. The law requires manufacturers to provide opportunities to recycle electronic equipment sold to Wisconsin residents and select schools. E-cycle Wisconsin was established to create the first state wide comprehensive recycling program for electronics. Under the program, recycling unwanted electronics is easier and more convenient than ever before. The program uses a product-stewardship approach, placing the primary financial responsibility for recycling electronics on manufacturers. Wisconsin residents and select schools may now recycle electronics at numerous locations throughout the state under the E-Cycle Wisconsin program.
Visit the DNR’s website (link: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Ecycle/electronics.html) to learn more about the electronics recycling law and to find resources for businesses and schools.