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Electronics: Landfill ban and Recycling Info

Free Electronics Recycling

Milwaukee residents may recycle all of the following electronics at no charge at the City’s Self-Help Centers:

  • 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

The above items are now banned from landfills under Wisconsin’s electronics recycling law which passed in 2009. 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 in the trash any of the banned items.

See list to left or printable color flyer (English) (Español) for banned electronics.




E-Cycle Wisconsin:
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"Outstanding Achievement in Education"

City of Milwaukee DPW receives Award from Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin

"2011 DPW Annual Residential Recycling Report"

2011 brought exciting changes to the recycling program, making it easier than ever to recycle more!  DPW rolled out its new Single-Sort recycling program and introduced the new materials accepted.  New recycling collection programs were implemented at City Self-Help Centers, allowing for greater landfill diversion.  All of these changes plus the continuation of improved collection schedules and a strong education campaign have contributed to a great year in recycling for Milwaukee!  For more details, view the 2011 DPW Annual Residential Recycling Report".  

Operations Division
Room 501
Zeidler Municipal Building
841 N. Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Preston Cole
Director of Operations