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 http://dnr.wi.gov/wastemgmt/wm/wmexternal/ShellReportViewer.aspx?RID=14. For 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.

PC Image 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.

  1. Janssen computer Corp, call for an appointment, (608) 575-8562

  2. 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, https://techsvcweb.madison.k12.wi.us/donation.htm

  3. Madison Recycling Center, 2200 Fish Hatchery Road, Madison, WI 251-2115
    Recycles all electronics for a fee based on weight. No appliances accepted.

  4. 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.
  5. 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

  1. East-West Foundation, 23 Drydock Avenue, Boston, MA, (617)261-6699, ewf@eastwest.org, 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

  1. A Complete Computer Source, 3202 W. Beltline Hwy
    New equipment only -- doesn’t take used equipment.
  2. 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