Recycle - It's Wisconsin Law

Wisconsin Law

Wisconsin's recycling law passed in 1990 and bans a variety of material from landfill disposal. Specific items must be reused, recycled or composted. Adams County is the Responsible Unit of Government who is responsible to implement this law within the County. Many Adams County municipalities provide free recycling drop-off sites to their respective County residents, see town transfer sites. The County also provides a wide variety of waste disposal services to help everyone reduce and manage their waste streams safely and properly.

Items Banned from the landfill/please recycle

We take all these items!


  • #1,#2 & #5 plastic bottles, jugs, and jars

  • Aluminum containers

  • Bi-metal cans and containers

  • Glass containers

  • Steel (tin) cans and containers

Paper and Cardboard

  • Corrugated cardboard

  • Magazines, catalogs, and other materials on similar paper

  • Newspaper and newsprint materials

  • Office paper


  • Air conditioners

  • Boilers

  • Clothes dryers

  • Clothes washers

  • Dehumidifiers

  • Freezers

  • Furnaces

  • Microwaves

  • Refrigerators

  • Stoves and ovens

  • Water heaters

Automotive Items

  • Lead-acid vehicle batteries

  • Tires

  • Used oil & filters


  • Cell phones

  • Computers - desktop, laptop, netbook, tablet

  • Computer monitors

  • Computer keyboards, mice, speakers

  • DVD players, VCRs, DVRs, and all other video players

  • External hard drives

  • Fax machines

  • Flash drives/ USBs

  • Printers, scanners, copiers

  • Televisions

Yard Materials

  • Grass clippings

  • Debris and brush under 6" in diameter

  • Leaves


  • Lithium/Lithium Ion

  • Nickel Cadmium

  • Button

  • Carbon Zinc

  • Silver Oxide

  • Mercury Oxide