Information on Wisconsin's New Electronics Recycling Law - Effective January 1, 2010
On October 23, 2009 Governor Doyle signed an electronics recycling bill (SB 107) into law. This law establishes a collection and recycling system in Wisconsin for consumer electronic devices (CEDs) that are discarded by households and K-12 public schools. This law will also ban landfilling or incineration of these devices beginning on September 1, 2010.
A list of the most common electronic devices in the rule is as follows:
- Consumer computers
- Computer peripherals (i.e. keyboards, mouse, etc...)
- Televisions and other video display devices
- Fax machines
- VCRs and DVD players
- Consumer printers
- Phones with video displays (i.e. cell phones)
Please refer to Wisconsin State Statute 287.07(5)(a) for the complete list of electronic devices that are regulated under this law.
This law will require manufacturers of CEDs to be responsible for financing and ensuring the recycling of these and other electronic devices within Wisconsin. This law establishes guidelines for manufacturers, collectors and recyclers to guarantee that recycling occurs in the proper manner. This law is designed to provide Wisconsin residents and schools with more convenient recycling locations, reduce environmental impacts from improper disposal of electronics, and encourage an expansion of the recycling industry in Wisconsin.
For information on recycling options in the Janesville area, you can contact City Services Center at 755-3110.
Electronic waste or "e-waste" is a loose term for describing obsolete, broken, or discarded electrical or electronic devices. This may include, but not be limited to computers, televisions, cell phones, printers, and other devices. These devices contain valuable components that can and should be recycled, all of which require considerable energy to process and manufacture. Recycling electronics recovers valuable materials, conserves virgin resources, and results in lower environmental emissions (including greenhouse gases) than making products from original materials. They may also contain hazardous or toxic materials such as heavy metals which can damage the environment when landfilled or incinerated. Nonfunctioning TVs, computer monitors and other obsolete or unused electronics should be recycled by an organization equipped to handle them.
What can you do with your e-waste?
Consider these local options when you need to dispose of your unused or broken computers, TVs, monitors, CRTs, and other electronic devices:
- Janesville Recycling Center (340 Blackbridge Road, Janesville; phone # 756-0001) - accepts most electronic devices for a small fee, approximately $0.35/pound.
- URT Processing (2535 Beloit Avenue, Janesville; phone # 754-3400) - accepts most electronic devices. The fees will vary depending on the size and specific device. Please contact them for a specific price for your item.
- Alter Metal Recycling (1753 Beloit Avenue, Janesville; phone # 756-2555) Fees may apply.
- Best Buy (2850 Deerfield Drive, Janesville; phone # 758-2156) - accepts a variety of materials and electronics for recycling, including TVs, DVD players, computer monitors, cell phones, and more. Residents can bring up to two items a day, per household, and most items are completely free. However, there is a $10 fee for TVs 32" and under, CRTs, monitors, and laptops. But when you pay this $10 fee, you are given a $10 Best Buy gift card for future purchases.
- Cell Phone Retailers - There are a variety of cell phone retailers in the Janesville area. When you purchase a new phone, ask your service provider if they will recycle your old phone.
- Donation - Sometimes local facilities may accept your gently used electronics. Working TVs, monitors, computers and other consumer electronics can be sold or donated thereby prolonging their useful life. Try to contact local schools, churches, non-profit organizations, and local groups to see if they will accept used donated electronics.
- Buy Green - When you purchase any future electronic items, think about the following to "buy green":
- Contain fewer toxic constituents
- Use recycled materials in the new product
- Are energy efficient (e.g., showing the Energy Star label)
- Are designed for easy upgrading or disassembly Use minimal packaging
The City of Janesville does not specifically endorse any of these private businesses and does not guarantee the quality of service or pricing offered by these private businesses. If you are aware of other local businesses that offer electronic recycling services, please let us know by sending us an e-contact by clicking the mailbox icon at the top of this webpage.