Acceptable Materials

  • TVs
  • PCs
  • Monitors
  • Printers
  • Fax Machines
  • DVD, VCRs
  • Any handheld devices
  • Any other electronic items

Prepare for Discarding

  • Remove any personal data from hard drives or other storage devices
  • Recycling fees apply (ask recycling attendant)
  • Do not remove or cut cords
  • Items that have cords cut or missing components are subject to a double fee.

Almost all electronic items can be recycled. Contact the Oconto County Solid Waste Department for any items that you may question. Call 920-834-6827 or view the WI Department of Natural Resources j(WIDNR) website on E-Waste Recycling.

Benefits of Reuse / Recycling

Electronic products are made from valuable resources and highly engineered materials, including metals, plastics, and glass, all of which require energy to mine and manufacture them. Reusing and recycling consumer electronics conserves our natural resources and avoids air and water pollution, as well as greenhouse gas emissions that are caused by manufacturing virgin materials.

For example:

  • Recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by 3,657 U.S. homes in a year.
  • One metric ton of circuit boards can contain 40 to 800 times the concentrations of gold ore mined in the U.S. and 30 to 40 times the concentration of copper ore mined in the U.S.