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Electronics: Landfill ban and Recycling Info

Many consumer electronics are banned from landfills under Wisconsin’s electronics recycling law which passed in 2009.  City of Milwaukee residents may recycle these electronics at no charge at either of the City’s Self-Help Centers (maximum 3 TVs).  There are also many other convenient electronics drop-off locations that have been established under the E-Cycle Wisconsin program.  Visit the Wisconsin DNR’s E-Cycle webpage to search for a drop-off site nearest you.

Electronics banned from landfills:

  • TVs
  • Computers (includes desktop, laptop, netbooks and tablets
  • Desktop printers (includes those that scan, fax and/or copy)
  • Computer accessories (includes scanners, hard drives, speakers, flash drives and modems)
  • DVD players, VCRs and DVRs
  • Computer monitors
  • Mice and keyboards
  • Fax machines
  • Cell phones

Electronics are the fastest growing segment of the municipal solid waste stream and may contain hazardous materials including lead, chromium, and mercury. Keeping electronics out of landfills reduces negative impacts to both environmental and human health by avoiding the potential pollution of ground, air and water resources. Electronics also contain valuable materials that can be recovered for use in the manufacture of new products. Recovery of these materials helps to conserve natural resources and reduces pollution associated with the extraction and processing of raw materials. For more information, including a list of collection sites by county, visit the DNR’s website.

E-Cycle Wisconsin

Wisconsin's electronics recycling law requires manufacturers to provide opportunities to recycle electronic equipment sold to Wisconsin residents and select schools. As a result, E-Cycle Wisconsin was established, creating 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 utilizes a product-stewardship approach, placing 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.



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.



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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.