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Electronics recycling information for schools

A number of electronics, including computers, printers and TVs, are now banned from Wisconsin landfills and incinerators. All schools must either recycle electronics or manage them as hazardous waste.

K-12 public schools and Parental Choice Program schools may take advantage of the E-Cycle Wisconsin program to recycle their electronics. E-Cycle Wisconsin provides a network of electronics recyclers in the state.

If your school already works with a reputable recycler, you don't need to change. However, contracting with a registered E-Cycle Wisconsin recycler may save your school money. E-Cycle Wisconsin registered recyclers recycle on behalf of electronics manufacturers. Because the manufacturers cover some of the costs for recycling electronics, the cost to schools should be lower than before.

Other schools, colleges and universities may also use the registered E-Cycle Wisconsin recyclers and may be able to recycle electronics at a low cost, but are not eligible for the manufacturer-subsidized recycling. However, it's worth checking with the brand owners of your school's electronics to see if they have any special take-back programs for schools.

Choosing a recycler

Recyclers who register with E-Cycle Wisconsin receive funds from electronics manufacturers. Because the manufacturers cover some of the costs for recycling electronics, the cost to schools may be lower with a registered recycler. This is not always the case, and if you school already works with a reputable recycler you do not need to change to a new recycler.

If your school decides to choose a new recycler, the DNR’s guide to electronics recycling may be a helpful resource. We recommend your school contacts two or three recyclers to make sure their services fit your needs. The following are questions you should ask recyclers:

Educating students about electronics recycling

Electronics are a big part of kids' lives. Many of your students may have cell phones and laptops and their homes are filled with electronics. It is important to educate students about the environmental impacts of electronics and how to dispose of them the right way.

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Last revised: Wednesday June 14 2017