In 2009, Governor Jim Doyle signed a bill banning electronics from landfills. This ban, called E-Cycle Wisconsin, applies to households, schools and businesses. It is based upon a product stewardship approach where manufacturers are held accountable for where and how their materials are processed.
When E-Cycle Wisconsin went into effect in 2010, disposal fees were already in place for recycling electronics in Dunn County. Effective January 1, 2011, electronics recycling for residents and K-12 public schools became free. Businesses, non-profits and other organizations were still required to pay a fee for recycling electronics, which varied depending on the item.
MENOMONIE, Wis. (WEAU) -- People in Dunn County have reached a milestone in their efforts to recycle electronics.
On Tuesday, the Dunn County Solid Waste Division announced that people there have recycled more than 1,000,000 pounds of electronics between July 2010 and November 2013. The agency says that works out to an average person in Dunn County recycling 24 pounds of electronics during that time period. The items included televisions, computer monitors, printers, scanners, laptops, CD, VHS and DVD players, fax machines, computer systems accessories and others.
Electronics recycling is available at the Transfer Station or any Collection Station in Dunn County. You can find out more by calling (715) 232-4017 or clicking on the link above.