Local Organizations That Accept
Used Computers and TVs for Reuse or Recycling
Wisconsin recently passed WI Act 50 (http://www.legis.state.wi.us/2009/data/acts/09Act50.pdf),
which is a statewide law that requires manufacturers of electronics to provide Wisconsin
residents with free recycling of certain electronics. Dane County makes no guarantee
that the companies listed below participate in the statewide free recycling program.
For more information, residents may contact the companies listed below directly.
An interactive list of recycling locations can be found on the DNR's website at
more information on this program, you can also visit the WI DNR's consumer information
website at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/ecycle/electronics.html.
Nationally, an estimated 10-15 million computers are discarded annually. Prorated
to Dane County, this means that some 15 to 25 thousand are discarded each year,
although the number could be far higher due to our large student population.
Computers contain a number of toxic and hazardous materials, including lead, cadmium,
mercury and flame retardants. Businesses and households are prohibited from discarding
these materials into landfills. The following is a list of known places that will
either reuse or recycle old computers, not only reducing the landfill needs, but
also putting back into use valuable components.
The Habitat ReStore, 208 Cottage Grove Road, Madison WI, (608) 661-2813 5906 Odana Dr., Madison WI.
(We can no longer accept used TV’s or computer monitors.)
Is now accepting used electronics, through a new partnership with Vintage Tech Recyclers. Residents will be able to
recycle outdated and unwanted electronics at the Habitat ReStore during regular store hours: Tuesday to Saturday,
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The items that will be accepted include: computers, laptops, monitors, LCD’s, cell phones, printers, scanners, modems,
CD drives, cables, keyboards, mice, TV’s, VCR’s, DVD players, camcorders, cameras, game players and joysticks;
telephones, pagers, answering machines, typewriters, calculators, adding machines, fax machines, copiers, postage
meters and microwaves.
All items are free to drop-off, except for microwaves in which there is a $10 donation per item. Also, all personal
data is guaranteed to be safely and securely destroyed, through the Habitat ReStore’s partnership with Vintage Tech
Items can be dropped off near the front of the Habitat ReStore with donations for televisions, computer monitors and
microwaves to be made with the cashier.
For more information, call (608) 661-2813 or visit http://www.restoredane.org
Janssen computer Corp, call for an appointment, (608) 575-8562
Madison Metropolitan School District, Lynda Chen, 663-5423
The Madison School District is interested in donations of computer equipment with the specifications listed on their
web page for computer donations,
Madison Recycling Center, 2200 Fish Hatchery Road, Madison, WI 251-2115
Recycles all electronics for a fee based on weight. No appliances accepted.
Midwest Lamp Recycling Inc., 3224 Kingsley Way, Madison, WI 53713, 275-6766
Accepts all electronic products for recycling, except those with CFCs. There is a charge
for most items.
The Volunteer Center, 246-4380
The Volunteer Center is listed in the want ads of the Wisconsin State Journal and the Capital times, describing
volunteer positions with non-profit groups available in Dane County. They maintain a list of requests for groups for
equipment, including computer equipment, but it is by no means comprehensive. It would be a worthwhile task for some
organization to maintain such a list.
People with donatable computer equipment can contact them to see if there are some requests.
National and International Organizations that Accept Computer Donations
- East-West Foundation, 23 Drydock Avenue, Boston, MA, (617)261-6699, email@example.com, http://www.eastwestministries.org/
The East West Foundation accepts computer equipment for donation to non-profits
groups both in the US and other countries.
Driven by the market, and the cost of recycling equipment that they cannot use,
they are not able to accept any computers lower than 486 generation as a donation.
(They will accept 386 or lower if the equipment is accompanied with a check (tax-deductible
donation) that covers the following costs which ensures that equipment does not
end up in landfills: $8/monitor (B/W, monochrome, broken color); $6/cpu; $6/fax
machine; $6/printer; $1/keyboard; $1/each "other" peripheral.)
With regard to usable donations, in addition to 486 and 586 generation computers,
color VGA and SVGA monitors, they are very interested in any hard drive larger than
350MB; CD-ROMs from 6X up; modems (28.8 or higher); memory (4, 8, 16 MB).
The shipping cost for sending this organization any of this equipment is tax-deductible.
Please contact them if any additional information is desired.
Will not take computers for reuse or recycling
Will not take computers for reuse or recycling
- A Complete Computer Source, 3202 W. Beltline Hwy
New equipment only -- doesn’t take used equipment.
- Verona Public Schools
Does not accept used computers as donations. In fact, they wanted to know where
they could get rid of obsolete equipment that no longer was working.
The listings here are not an endorsement of any company or its services or products.
Please call individual firms for confirmation of their current policies. Corrects
to the compiler are most appreciated.
Compiled by John Welch, 267-8815