Computers and other electronic devices are the fastest growing waste stream in the country. Computers contain several potential contaminants such as lead, cadmium, mercury, chromium, and nickel. They are classified as hazardous waste products by the EPA and WI DNR; therefore, it is illegal for businesses and residents to landfill or incinerate these machines. Televisions contain significant amounts of lead; flat screen televisions have high levels of mercury. For information on e-cycle Wisconsin visit the WI DNR's website.
The following locations in Eau Claire County accept computers and other electronic items as noted on a routine basis:
First Choice Recycling
*accepts computer equipment, electronic equipment, multimedia, and appliances
525 Park Ridge Court
Eau Claire, WI 54703
*accepts most electronics, there is a size limit on televisions and computer monitors
4090 Commonwealth Avenue