Curbside Recycling

Expanded Paper Recycling

  • Cardboard (empty)
  • Catalogs, magazines & phone books
  • Cereal & cracker boxes (empty)
  • Computer & office paper
  • Envelopes & junk mail
  • Holiday gift wrapping paper (no foils)
  • Newspapers
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Paper grocery bags
  • Paper milk and juice cartons or boxes (Carton recycling FAQ or Click here for the Carton Council website)
  • Pizza boxes (no food or grease)
  • Shredded paper (place in a clear or transparent plastic bag and tie shut; a full bag should be smaller than a basketball)

Expanded Plastic Recycling

  • All plastic bottles (no motor oils or gasoline)
  • Plastic containers/cups #1-7, including #1 deli
  • Plastic bags (grocery, newspaper, dry cleaning, etc. - no black or brown bags) - place clean, dry bags into a clear or transparent bag and tie shut; a full bag should be smaller than a basketball

Recyclable Metal & Glass

  • Aerosol cans (empty)
  • Aluminum cans & aluminum pie plates
  • Glass bottles & jars (clear, blue, brown or green translucent glass)
  • Metal pots & pans
  • Small metal appliances (toasters, blenders, etc.) - nothing larger than a basketball
  • Small metal plumbing fixtures & pipes (faucets, valves, pipes 2"-12" long)
  • Tin & steel cans

Non-Recyclable Items:

  • Brake rotors/drums
  • Deli containers - except #1 plastic
  • Frozen food or microwave dinner plates
  • Glassware & ceramics
  • Metal items heavier than 10 pounds
  • Mirrors and windows
  • Motor oil & gasoline containers
  • Plastic film, wrap & Styrofoam
  • Misc.: Carpet, clothing, diapers, fishing line, food, hoses, ropes & shoes

Recycling Tips

  • Should you choose to bag recyclables you place into the cart, please use clear or transparent bags and leave open - do not tie or seal. Clear bags can be purchased at most grocery and hardware stores.
  • Do not flatten or crush plastic or metal items. Do not place smaller items inside larger containers. All items should be loose and empty. Remove all food waste, plastic, Styrofoam and packing peanuts.
  • Flatten cardboard boxes and cereal boxes to make room in the recycling cart. Additional recyclables that don't fit in the cart may be put in clear plastic bags and placed next to your recycling bags. Do not tie or bundle: nothing larger than 4 ft. x 4 ft.
  • Your recycling cart will not be picked up if it contains trash, yard waste or prohibited

Computer/TV Recycling

Dane County Clean Sweep

Clean Sweep will take TV's and computer monitors for a $10 fee per electronic per trip. Clean Sweep is located at 7102 US HWY 12 and is open Tuesday - Friday from 7 am to 2:45 pm and Saturdays from 8 am - 10:45 am.

Information on Wisconsin's E-Cycling Law

Wisconsin's electronics recycling law establishes a statewide recycling program administered by the Department of Natural Resouces (DNR). The program, called E-Cycle Wisconsin, puts in place a system to collect and recycle discarded electronics from Wisconsin households, K-12 public schools and Milwaukee Parental Choice Program schools.

For more information on E-Cycle Wisconsin, please click here.

For a list of electronics that can be recycled under E-Cycle Wisconsin, please click here

Recycling through Goodwill

Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin and Dell have launched a computer recycling program, called Reconnect. Through this ongoing program, residents can drop off any brand of computer equipment in any condition and just about anything that can be attached to a computer, free of charge. Residents can drop their equipment off at any of the attended donation centers including the center in Monona located at 2501 Royal Ave. Click here for more information and click here for a list of guidelines.

Other Electronic Recycling Options

File 13 E-Waste Solutions is a local business that will recycle your used electronics (including televisions). Please visit for more information or call 838-8813.

Computers may also be taken to Janseen Computers Corp., 3 Marsh Ct - Madison, WI, 222-9100.

TVs can be taken to Resource Solutions, 244-5451. Call first for directions.

1-800-Got-Junk recycles TVs, Computer Monitors, Refrigerators, AC Units, Major Appliances, and Renovation Debris. There is no need to bring the items to the curb, as the company will pick up the items from the house and take them away. There is a $96 charge to haul away TVs, monitors, and appliances. Call 1-800-468-5865 for a quote/information. More information.

Recycle Your Old Cellphone

Protect the environment and raise funds for the Senior Center! Convenient drop off at Stoughton Senior Center and Radio Shack. Cell phones contain harmful materials like lead and cadmium that are released as phones break down in landfills.

Home Composting

Composting is a great way to keep organic material out of the waste stream. It saves tax dollars and provides you with a valuable soil additive. Composting is easy to do if you follow a few simple guidelines.

  1. Use a bin. A simple wire enclosure will do. A bin keeps your pile neat and helps retain heat and moisture, two key elements of the compost process.
  2. The key to a good working compost pile is a balance of green materials, such as grass clippings or food waste that is high in nitrogen and brown material, such as leaves, that are high in carbon. A good rule of thumb is to maintain a 50-50 ratio by weight of green and brown material.
  3. If you are going to compost kitchen waste, bury the material 6-12 below the surface. This keeps flies away from your pile. Compost only vegetable and fruit waste. Do not compost meat, fats, gravy or pet waste.
  4. Don't forget moisture. A compost pile should be damp so be sure to add water to dry material as you build your pile. Don't over water. Materials should be as damp as a wrung out sponge.

Building a Compost Pile

First layer: 3"-4" of chopped brush or other coarse material on top of the soil surface allows air circulation around the base of the heap.

Second layer: 3"-6" of green material, grass clippings, or food waste.

Third layer: 4"-8" of "brown" material, such as leaves. Add water as needed.

Fourth layer: 1" of soil serves as an inoculate by adding microorganisms to the pile.

Fifth layer: Repeat steps 2-4 until the bin is almost full. Top off the heap with a layer of leaves or straw and scoop out a "basin" at the top to catch rainwater.

Maintaining Your Compost Pile

A properly made compost pile will reach temperatures of 140-160 degrees Fahrenheit in four or five days. At this time you'll notice the pile "settling," a good sign that your pile is composting properly. After 4 or 5 weeks, turn the pile, putting material from the outside of the pile into the center of the new pile. Add water if necessary. You shouldn't need to turn your heap a second time. Your compost should be ready in 3 to 4 months.

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