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Electronics Recycling

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

  • TVs
  • 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: and Espanol (link: )

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: 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: from the DNR.

Learn More

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: to learn more about the electronics recycling law and to find resources for businesses and schools.


Effective September 1st 2010, many consumer electronics are banned from Wisconsin landfills.  City crews will NOT pick up, and no one may deposit any of the banned items in the trash.  See list to left or printable color flyer (English) (Español) for banned electronics.


What happens when I recycle my electronics?  Watch this video by the DNR’s E-Cycle Wisconsin program for an in-depth look into the electronics recycling process.



E-Cycle Wisconsin:
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2013 DPW Annual Residential Recycling Report

Did you know:  From 2009 to 2013, recycling pounds per Milwaukee household increased by 19.6%, continuing a string of annual increases in tons of recyclables recovered!

Also in 2013, the City of Milwaukee and Waukesha County signed an intergovernmental agreement to seek proposals for a Regional Recycling System for the Processing and Marketing of Single Stream Recyclables.  The process resulted in signing a second intergovernmental agreement as well as a contract with a company called ReCommunity to jointly process Single-Sort recyclables for the City and County utilizing new, state of the art recycling equipment in the City’s existing building in the Menomonee Valley.  The facility is expected to be operational by spring of 2015.

 Read about these highlights and much more in the 2013 DPW Annual Residential Recycling Report.