Holiday Recycling Tips: How to Recycle a Television
Purchase a $15 recycling fee sticker and bring the TV to a drop-off site
We are in the season of giving, which also means figuring out what to do with all the old stuff the gifts have replaced.
Over the next several days, we will share some recycling tips on how you should handle the excess of things that accumulate during the holidays.
Previous holiday recycling tips:
- Do not put clothes in the green recycling cart
- Flatten and bundle the cardboard that does not fit into the recycling cart
How to Recycle Televisions
In order to recycle a television with the Streets Division, residents must first obtain a $15 recycling fee sticker for each TV they need to recycle.
Stickers can be purchased at any city of Madison public library, the Treasurer’s Office in the City-County Building, or at either Streets Division office. Stickers can also be purchased online at www.madisonpay.com. Stickers do not print on demand from the website, and they will be mailed to you after a successful purchase.
After the sticker has been obtained, you must affix it to the television and bring the TV with sticker to a drop-off site.
The drop-off sites are located at 1501 W. Badger Rd. and 4602 Sycamore Ave. The sites are currently open from 7:30am to 3:00pm Monday to Friday.
Televisions are banned from the landfill due the hazardous material inside them and they must be recycled. However, they should never be placed into one of the curbside collection carts, and they should not be placed at the curb to be picked up. Leaving a television at the curb risks having the screen broken in by vandals or illegal metal scrappers, which could then scatter the hazardous material within them in the street gutter and terrace.
Many other electronic items are also banned from the landfill – items like cell phones, monitors, and computers - so everyone must recycle them. For a complete list of all public and private registered electronics recycling (or E-Cycle) vendors, and the list of electronics banned from landfills, visit the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/ecycle/.
For more information about the Streets Division’s recycling services for City of Madison residents, please visit our website, www.cityofmadison.com/streets.
- Bryan Johnson, 608-267-2626, email@example.com