Things to Recycle Other than Bottles & Cans (So Just Clap Your Hands)

A shortlist of recyclable items with instructions on how to go about it

Light bulbs
May be recycled at the following (some may charge a small fee):
• Any of Dunn County’s
Collection Stations
• Augusta True Value
• Best Buy, Eau Claire
• Eau Claire Ace Hardware
• Parr’s Hardware
• Pinehurst Hardware Hank
• Sam’s Club
• Thompson’s True Value
• Gordy’s True Value

Batteries
Any Wisconsin retailer that sells car batteries is legally obligated to recycle them at no cost. The manufacturing of simple alkaline batteries – the ones commonly found in toys flashlights – which now makes them safe for landfills, so throw them away!
• Batteries Plus, Eau Claire
• Office Depot, Eau Claire
• Radio Shack (London Square Mall, Oakwood Mall, Shopko Plaza)
• Sears (Oakwood Mall)
• Any Dunn County collection station

Computers
• Bridge Creek Transfer Station 
• Comprehensive Recycling (call to make delivery arrangements first, 839-7899)
• First Choice Computer Recycling
• RAM Technologies
• Cartridge World – refills and recycles toner cartridges
• Any Dunn County transfer site (for a fee)

Appliances
Air conditioners, washers/dryers, dishwashers, dehumidifiers/humidifiers, freezers, furnace boilers, microwave ovens, stoves/ovens, refrigerators, water heaters. Throughout the year, you may bring appliances to the following locations, but check in advance for disposal fees:
• First Choice Recycling
• Bridge Creek Transfer Station
• Comprehensive Recycling (non-freon items - - washers, dryers, microwaves, stoves, water heaters furnaces and humidifiers.)
• Max Phillips Scrap Yard
• Toy’s Salvage
• U-Can Recycling
• First Choice Recycling


Cell phones
Many national chains accept cell phones including:
• Alltel, AT&T, Best Buy, FedEx Kinkos, Office Depot, Office Max, Radio Shack, Sam’s Club, Sprint Wireless, Target, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon, and Wal-Mart.
• Liberty Tax Service (2945 S Prairie View Rd Suite 1 Chippewa Falls, WI 54729) also accepts cell phones - Cell phones for Soldiers

If you are interested in other options for donating cell phones, go to:
www.wirelessfoundation.org/DonateaPhone/index.cfm: Provides phones with free airtime to victims of domestic violence.
www.collectivegood.com: Refurbishes phones for use in developing countries.
www.charitablerecycling.com: Gives phones to senior citizens, battered women, patients awaiting organ transplants.

Paint
Once old paint has dried, it can be disposed of at any of the Dunn County Transfer Stations. Oil-based paints, varnish, or paint thinners are considered hazardous waste and need to be disposed of at hazardous waste collections.

For immediate disposal of your materials for a fee:
• WRR Environmental Services, 5200 State Road 93, Eau Claire – for Eau Claire residents only

Propane Tanks
• River County Co-Op (Cenex Gas Station; 723-2828) in Chippewa Falls, 1080 W. River St., accepts 20-pound tanks at no charge.
• Thaler Oil Company (310 S. Main St., Chippewa Falls 723-2822) accept 5-, 10-, 20-, 30-, and 40-pound tanks, and may even give you some money for them.
• Max Phillips & Sons and Toy’s Salvage will accept empty 20-pound propane tanks if the valves are removed (requiring a special tool).