Recycling Center


HOURS: The Middleton Recycling Center is open year-round on Saturday mornings (excluding major holidays) from 8am to noon and Wednesday evenings (May - September) from 5:30 - 7:00PM at 4330 Parmenter Street (the Municipal Operations Center). The recycling center is for use by City of Middleton residents only.

Middleton Recycling Center – Holiday ScheduleThe Recycling Center will be open on Saturday, November 26, following the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Recycling Center will be closed on Saturdays, December 24 and December 31 for the Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve holidays.

Staff at the Middleton Recycling Center are not able to assist residents in unloading recyclables. Unless specified, there is no cost to recycle the items below. For items requiring payment we will accept exact cash, check, or credit card.

City of Middleton residents are able to recycle:

Electronics- No charge (except as noted below) for all types of computers, cell phones, iPods, tablets, radios, wires, toasters, fans, vacuums (bags removed), hairdryers, etc.

$40 each - TVs over 27" (no broken TVs will be accepted)
$20 each - TVs 27" and smaller (no broken TVs will be accepted), fridges (dorm size or smaller), window A/C units, dehumidifiers, water coolers.  
$10 each - 
CRT (cathode ray tube) computer monitors
$5 each - microwaves

*Please note that the following electronic materials are NOT ACCEPTED at the Recycling Center: carbon monoxide detectors; broken or disassembled TVs and CRT monitors; electric heaters with oil thermostats; ballasts with PCBs; CFLs and fluorescent tubes (lightbulbs).

Electric/Battery Lawn Mowers and Snow Blowers - $10 each

Smoke Detectors (ionization type) - $10 each

Batteries (Rechargeable only) - $1 per pound

     NOT ACCEPTED: alkaline, zinc, and button batteries.

Printer Cartridges and Toner

CDs/DVDs, Disks, VHS, Audio & Computer Tapes - $1 per pound

Hard Plastics - plastic lawn chairs/furniture, children's play slides, toddler toys, 5-gallon buckets, lawn edging, crates, plant nursery pots and trays, drainage pipes/tubing, etc.

Block Styrofoam (#6)- Clean packaging materials used to protect computers, electronics, and other items during shipping, and washed food packaging. Please remove all tape and labels before recycling. 

     NOT ACCEPTED: #4 polyethylene Styrofoam, foam insulation board or packing material, packing peanuts, #6 Styrofoam with food contamination. 

Textiles- clothing, fabric, sleeping bags, curtains, etc. (clean and in good condition).

Shoes in good condition.

Raw Wood- Pallets, plywood, and non- engineered wood.  

     NOT ACCEPTED: particle board; treated, painted or stained wood; engineered wood.

Cardboard- large corrugated cardboard boxes that won’t fit in blue bin for curbside pick-up. Corrugated cardboard boxes must be flattened.

     NOT ACCEPTED: paper or newspaper, cardboard tubes, cardboard packing materials. 

Scrap Metals


Books- in good condition, without water damage or mold. No textbooks, encyclopedias, or dictionaries.

Durable Medical Equipment- wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, etc.

Small Items- The City will recycle the following small items through Terracycle:

Brita® brand products including pitchers, dispensers, bottles, faucet systems, filters and filter packaging (PUR water filters no longer accepted)

Burts Bees products

Gillette and any brand of razor products and packaging

Colgate brand or any brand of oral care products including toothpaste tubes and caps, toothbrushes, toothbrush and toothpaste tube outer packaging, floss containers

Tom’s of Maine natural care products including toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes, floss containers, mouthwash bottles, soap packaging, antiperspirant/deodorant containers

Solo® brand cups

Bic and any brand of pens, mechanical pencils, markers, glue sticks, water color paint sets, and packaging

WRAP Recycling- plastic retail bags, food storage bags (sandwich and Ziploc), produce bags (fruit and vegetable), dry cleaning bags, case wrap, bread bags, air pillow packaging, paper products wrap. 

     NOT ACCEPTED: non-transparent plastic bags such as salt, frozen food, fertilizer, and pesticides; shower curtains; tarps; bubble wrap.

Oil & Filters- just outside the recycling center, open at all times.

Small Engines- lawnmowers, weed trimmers, snowblowers. All small engines must be drained of gas and oil with spark plug wire disconnected.

Middleton Recycling Center FreeCycle- The recycling center has an area designated for reusable items. Please make sure that these items are in good condition. See attendant before dropping off or picking up items. You must sign a waiver if taking an item from FreeCycle.

A list of general items that the Middleton Recycling Center will NOT ACCEPT- broken or disassembled TVs and CRT monitors; CO detectors; ballasts with PCBs; electric heaters with oil thermostats; alkaline, zinc, and button batteries; CFLs and fluorescent tubes (lightbulbs); treated, painted, stained, or engineered wood; propane cylinders and tanks; furniture; mattresses; windows or other glass items; cardboard tubes and other cardboard packing materials; packing peanuts and foam packing materials; non-transparent plastic bags such as salt, frozen food, fertilizer and pesticide bags; plastic items such as shower curtains, tarps, and bubble wrap; paint, chemicals, antifreeze, non-motor oil automotive fluids (like transmission fluid), or cleaning products.

The City of Middleton has partnered with leading local and national recycling companies to ensure responsible and ethical disposal of all recyclable materials. Prices may fluctuate due to market conditions. The City hopes to collect additional items for recycling as options become available.

For recycling options of materials not listed above, please consult the City’s Trash & Recycling Guide.

Better yet, if you have a quality item please consider making it available to others for reuse, instead of throwing away or recycling it. Many local charities, organizations and websites dedicated to reuse of quality items are listed on page 10 of the City’s Trash & Recycling Guide. For instance, if you have quality construction materials consider donating them to Habitat for Humanity. Other items can be reused simply by listing them on a free web service such as,, or If listing something on a web site, note that it will help to include a photo or two of the item you’re making available.

For additional questions, please contact: .
The Middleton Recycling Center (telephones only answered during open hours) at (608) 712-2057; or
Kelly Hilyard, Sustainability Coordinator, via Email or at (608) 821-8362 or (217) 357-1860.