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Information for electronics collectors

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Collectors of eligible electronic devices from Wisconsin households and schools may choose to participate in E-Cycle Wisconsin and follow its requirements, including working with a registered recycler. This makes the eligible electronics they collect eligible to be part of a manufacturer-funded recycling program.

Collectors not participating in E-Cycle Wisconsin are not subject to its requirements and do not have to register with the DNR.

Who Should Register

Who should be a registered collector

Collectors participating in E-Cycle Wisconsin receive eligible electronics from households or K-12 schools and deliver, or arrange for the delivery of, these items to a registered E-Cycle Wisconsin recycler. There are no restrictions on who can be a collector. Collectors may include local governments, non-profits, businesses, schools and others.

Under E-Cycle Wisconsin, a collector is not involved in the disassembly or processing of the electronics. Any person/entity involved in disassembly or processing may also register as a recycler.

Requirements and Best Management Practices

Requirements for registered collectors

Collectors participating in E-Cycle Wisconsin must do all of the following.

  • Register annually with the DNR.
  • Provide a list of permanent drop-off sites, one-day collection events or other locations where you collect electronics under E-Cycle Wisconsin, including dates of operation, street addresses and phone numbers the public can call for more information.
  • Report the weights of eligible electronics collected annually and sent to a registered recycler under E-Cycle Wisconsin, including the name of the recycler, and whether the electronics were from an urban or rural county.
  • Certify that you have all governmental licenses or other approvals required to operate as a collector and will comply with the E-Cycle Wisconsin requirements.
  • Certify that you comply with all applicable state and federal health, environmental, safety and financial responsibility requirements.
  • May not use prison labor to collect electronics under E-Cycle Wisconsin.
  • Keep detailed records (see below).

The annual collector registration and report form is due Aug. 1. Collectors will receive an email from the DNR in late June or early July with reporting instructions. See the Registration and reporting tab for more information.

If a collector needs to make changes to its registration during the program year (e.g., add or remove collection sites or events), contact DNR E-Cycle Wisconsin staff.

Note that recyclable materials that are sent to landfills for disposal or for use as alternate daily cover are not eligible for manufacturer credit under E-Cycle Wisconsin. In particular, glass from cathode ray tubes that is sent to landfills is not eligible.

See links under the Resources tab to learn more about meeting these requirements.

Any operations to collect and recycle devices (e.g., electronics from businesses or non-eligible recyclables) not covered by E-Cycle Wisconsin must be kept separate and cannot be counted toward manufacturer recycling obligations.

Recordkeeping requirements: sources and weights of electronics

A collector must maintain records of the sources of eligible electronics collected, including the collection site addresses and dates of operation, and a description of procedures or other information to show that materials counted toward a manufacturer's recycling obligation came only from Wisconsin households and covered schools. The collector must also maintain records showing the registered recyclers that received the eligible electronics.

If a collector receives eligible electronics from households and covered schools in both urban and rural counties, it should keep separate track of the weights of eligible electronics collected in urban and rural counties, because manufacturers receive extra credit for eligible electronics collected from rural households and schools.

Your recycler(s) should supply you with records of the weight of eligible electronics you send to them. However, it’s important that you keep records of when loads were picked/up delivered and the approximate size of the loads (e.g., three Gaylord boxes, a full semi-truck, a half-full roll-off) so  you can verify the records the recycler gives you.

All records related to the operation of E-Cycle Wisconsin must be kept on file by a collector for three years and made accessible to the DNR upon request.

Suspension or revocation of collector registration

If a collector fails to meet program requirements, the DNR may suspend or revoke its E-Cycle Wisconsin registration.

DNR inspections of registered collection sites

The DNR inspects several registered collection sites every year to ensure they are managing materials properly, answer questions and provide technical assistance. Inspectors follow up after the inspection with a letter and work with sites to resolve any issues.

Summary of requirements and best management practices

The DNR has created a handout and short video summarizing best management practices for electronics collectors and E-Cycle Wisconsin requirements.

Presentations from October 2019 collector best management practices workshop

The DNR held a collector workshop in October 2019 in Fond du Lac. Below are the presentations from the workshop.

Registration and Reporting

Registration and reporting procedures

Electronics collection event

To participate in E-Cycle Wisconsin, collectors must register annually with the DNR. Collectors not participating in this program are not subject to its regulations and do not have to register.

If a collector needs to make changes to its registration during the program year (e.g., add or remove collection sites or events), contact DNR E-Cycle Wisconsin staff.

Initial registration

If you are registering as a collector for the first time, contact us via email to get information and a registration form.

Re-registration and annual report

The annual re-registration and reporting deadline for collectors is Aug. 1.

In the combined registration and report form, collectors must report the weights of eligible electronics collected under this program and the names of recyclers that received those eligible electronics. Only eligible electronics collected during the program year may be counted toward the totals for that year. See Guidance on Reporting EEDs Collected and Recycled over Program Year Transitions [PDF] for more information.

If you have not previously filled out online forms for the DNR recycling program, please complete a one-time registration process to get access to the online reporting system.

Report links


Free outreach and educational materials

The DNR has a wide variety of free outreach materials available for collectors to use. You can view electronic files or order print publications on our outreach page. In addition, we have special signs available for registered collectors and recyclers to use. To request electronic or print copies of these, email us.

Additional program resources

Collector best management practices

Collector best management practices: electronic waste [PDF]

Best management practices video:

Guidance on state and federal requirements