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Recycling used electronics for free

Dec. 3, 2013

Planning to upgrade and purchase new electronics this holiday season? Waukesha County Recycling and Solid Waste reminds residents that many common electronics including computers, printers, TVs and cellphones are banned from Wisconsin landfills.

The E-Cycle Wisconsin program, created by the Department of Natural Resources, provides incentives to manufacturers of electronics to responsibly manage their products at the end of their useful life. This Product Stewardship concept has created new markets for used electronic equipment and partnerships with nonprofit groups, local governments, retailers and recyclers.

Recycling electronics is mandated due to the valuable materials that can be recycled and reused, including precious metals like gold and copper. Many devices also contain hazardous materials such as lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium and chemical flame retardants that need to be disposed of properly.

"We can help our economy and the environment by recycling these valuable resources" said Rebecca Mattano, Waukesha County Recycling and Solid Waste Supervisor.

The E-Cycle Wisconsin program has been a success and recycled more than 100 million pounds of electronics since the program started in January 2010. Wisconsin has one of the highest collection rates in the nation averaging about 6.8 pounds of electronics recycled per capita with more than 400 registered electronics collection sites in 69 (out of 72) counties.

Electronics are accepted for recycling at no charge from Waukesha County residents at these retail locations (call ahead for current policy and electronics accepted):

Several municipal drop-off sites are available for electronics recycling in Waukesha. For a comprehensive list of items and electronics recycling drop-off locations visit www.waukeshacounty.gov/recycling or call 262-896-8300.

Drop off sites

American TV — W226 N1400 Westwood Drive, Waukesha

Best Buy — 19555 W. Bluemound Drive, Brookfield; 3720 Golf Road, Delafield

Goodwill — 1400 Nike Drive, Waukesha; 2015 Meadow Lane, Pewaukee; 1408 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc

Milwaukee PC — 2136 E. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha; 2722 Heritage Drive, Delafield

For a full list of drop-off sites, visit www.waukeshacounty.gov/recycling or call (262) 896-8300.

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