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Help For WI Shoppers in Disposing E-Waste

December 7, 2010

MADISON, Wis. - 'Tis the season for buying the latest electronic gadgets: flat-panel televisions, computers, cell phones, and all sorts of electronic toys for the kids. But disposing of the old electronic gadgets is a growing problem. An estimated 300 million electronic items, known as "e-waste," are thrown out each year, and less than 20 percent of it is recycled or reused.

It's easy for Wisconsinites to do it correctly and safely. A new state "e-cycling" law passed in 2010 was an important step, according to George Dreckmann, recycling coordinator for the City of Madison and a board member of the National Recycling Coalition.

"I think the new law is working. One of the differences I've seen is that there are more retail locations now, where people can take material back."

Dreckmann says in addition to more retailers like Best Buy and Apple taking back old electronics, Goodwill stores statewide will recycle computers.

"And then there are municipalities, such as Madison, that have programs in place where we take just about any kind of electronics and recycle it."

Dreckmann says almost any type of used electronic equipment can be recycled in one form or another, and it's important to do it right to keep toxic waste out of landfills. Information about Wisconsin's e-cycling program is available on the Department of Natural Resources' website,

Tim Morrissey, Public News Service - WI