3000 Basswood Rd.
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Phone: (920) 683-4333
Main Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 7am to 4pm,
Sat: 8am to Noon (April through October only)
Electronics are only accepted during the main office hours.
recycling center accepts electronics year round at the Main Office
during the listed hours. It is important to recycle electronics
because they can contain hazardous materials and recoverable raw
This includes computer, audio/video equipment, microwaves, batteries,
ballasts and light bulbs. In 2012 residents brought in 227,500
of electronics and 12,400 light bulbs. Bring electronics to the
recycling center main desk. There is a
fee most items. Be
sure to call if you have questions. There is typically help
available to unload larger items, though it is wise to call ahead for
large loads or especially heavy items like photocopiers and large screen
Electronics Collection Fees
break bulbs. They should remain intact. A separate fee will be
charged for broken glass.
florescent bulbs in original boxes whenever possible. If this
cannot be done then tape them together securely.
advisable to place tape on the terminals of batteries.
ahead if you are bringing in lots of items or items that are
especially heavy, like photocopiers and large screen TVs.
All televisions and monitors are
measured diagonally across the glass portion of the viewing area.
Electronics must not be broken or stripped.
These items may be refused or accessed an extra fee depending on the
|CRT TVs - Small
(less than 24 inches)
|CRT and Consol TVs
- Medium (24 inches or more and less than 36 inches)
CRT and Consol TVs - Large (36 inches or more)
|Flat Screen Televisions
- Small (less than
Flat Screen Televisions - Large (27 inches or more)
||$0.25 per pound
$1.20 per pound
|Mixed Batteries (rechargeable and
||$1.75 per pound
|Ballasts - Non PCB
||$0.55 per pound
Ballasts - PCB
$0.93 per pound
|Capacitors - non-PCB
||$0.95 per pound
||$4.40 per pound
|Holiday String Lights
|Fluorescent Bulbs -
4 feet and under
Fluorescent Bulbs - Over 4 feet
Bulbs - Ecobulb, energy efficient bulbs
Incandescent, Flood and Spot Light Bulbs
*Broken or stripped electronics and bulbs may be refused or
accessed an extra fee.
Why Recycle Electronics?
September 1, 2010 certain common electronics are
banned from the landfill.
September 1, 2010, Wisconsin's Electronic Recycling Law bans
certain consumer electronic devices from landfills and
incinerators and establishes a collection and recycling system
in Wisconsin for households and K-12 public schools. This
means that the electronic items we use everyday can not be put
in the trash and can be recycled.
So what can someone do to dispose of their old, unwanted
electronics in Manitowoc County?
It is important to recycle electronics for a number of reasons. They
can contain hazardous materials that can enter the environment if
disposed of improperly. Roadside
dumping and burning can allow heavy metals and toxic compounds to
infiltrate into the soil, air, and water. Heavy metals such as lead and
mercury have the ability to leach out of electronic devices under
certain environmental conditions. These materials can cause a number of
health problems in humans and wildlife.
also helps recover reusable raw materials,
landfill space, and creates jobs.
Materials commonly found in computer equipment:
What happens to recycle electronics?
Once electronics are dropped off
at the Manitowoc County Recycling Center, they are stored in gaylords
until they are shipped to an Electronics Scrap Recycler. From
there they process the electronics to recover raw materials and/or
refurbish electronic components. Materials recovered include: plastic,
glass, lead, mercury, steel, copper, aluminum, brass, gold, silver,
platinum, and nickel. Below are some examples of the raw material
Separation - Shredded and co-mingled plastics from electronic
hardware are segregated by type, i.e., ABS, PSP, PVC, etc. utilizing a
flotation process. The segregated plastics are sold to manufactures as
production feed stock and/or blend.
Melt/Smelting - Aluminum breakage (material that has aluminum content) is melted in a
furnace and poured into a 'sow' form. These 'sows' are mill ready grade
and are sold to secondary processors who alloy it for a specific use, or
sold directly to manufactures as feed stock. The steel and other metal
alloys that are not melted are sold to steel mills and foundries as
production feed stock.
Shredding - Low-grade material, such as printed circuit boards are shredded and
reduced to metal via an initial bake and then fusion via a pyro-metallurgical
Recovery - High-grade component material is processed utilizing a
hydro-metallurgical process. This chemical process produces zero waste
as chemicals and waste waters are recovered and reused.
Wire Chopping - Copper and/or aluminum core insulated wire is processed through a
machine that chops the wire into small pieces. These pieces are fed
into a de-stoning separator that uses mechanical and pneumatic forces to
separate the metal from the insulation. Both metal and insulation are
then segregated and sold.
Electrowinning - is a unique reverse plating process that allows a high recovery
percentage of precious metals, as opposed to various other
of Glass - Lead glass from cathode ray tubes are initially size
reduced. The leaded glass is then sold to cathode ray tube
manufactures. The non-leaded glass is size reduced, deburred of sharp
edges and used as granular material substitute in production processes,
i.e. retaining wall brick.
Source: Handy and Harman Electronic Materials Corp.
Available at: http://www.svtc.org/hightech_prod/desktop.htm