Hazardous/Unique Materials Information

Summary, Best Practices, & Resources

This page provides an overview of options to safely and responsibly dispose of hazardous or unique materials that don't fall into one of the other information categories. Below you will find resources for Appliance & Recycling Collections, Hazardous Household Waste Disposal, and Medication & Sharps Disposal

Appliance and Electronic Collections

Appliance & Electronics Collections

Appliance Collection

You will need to obtain a permit prior to using the Recycle Center. You can do that online or by calling Public Works at 608-837-3050:

As of January 2014, the City of Sun Prairie no longer performs curbside appliance collection. Non-Freon appliances will still be accepted at the Recycle Center during normal operational hours at no charge. Local appliance retailers may provide a collection service. Please contact individual companies for prices and to obtain these services.

The Recycle Center does not accept Freon appliances. This means we will not accept air conditioners, dehumidifiers, freezers and refrigerators.

Questions? Call us at 608-837-3050.

Electronic Recycling Event

It is the law in Wisconsin that electronics must be recycled. Residents can no longer dispose of their electronics in the refuse cart.

The following electronics can be recycled under E-Cycle Wisconsin: computers (desktop/laptop), desktop printers, computer monitors, TVs, DVD players, VCR’s, DVRs, fax machines, mice, keyboards, hard drives, speakers, flash drives, modems, and cell phones.

The City will host an electronics collection event on May 6, 2023 and September 9, 2023.  Resource Solutions Corp. will be located in the parking lot at the Sun Prairie Family Aquatic Center, 920 Linnerud Drive, from 8:30AM until Noon to collect items (note: the line will close to the last vehicle at 11:30AM).  For a printable PDF, click here: Electronics Recycling Event

There is a charge for collection of some items.  Batteries are NOT accepted, please remove prior to attending this event.

Items accepted free for recycling: 

CPU towers, laptops, telephones, power cords, wiring, projectors, audio equipment, record/tape/CD/VCR players, tablets, routers, chargers, cell phones, satellite dish/ boxes, gaming systems, Christmas lights, desktop printers, power tools, computer components, cameras, yard tools & most small electronics.

Items with recycling fees:

  • Microwaves / Large Copy Machines -- $15 each
  • Computer Monitors / TV's under 29" / Mini-Fridge / Window A/C Units / Dehumidifiers -- $20 each
  • Large Appliances (washer, dryer, stove/oven, dishwashers) -- $25 each
  • Large Freon Appliances (refrigerators / freezers) -- $35.00 each
  • 30" to 49" TV's -- $40 each
  • TV's 50" & over / Wood Console TV's / Projection TV's -- $60 each (additional fee may apply for TV's over 60", please call for pricing details)

Note: unable to accept large exercise equipment, batteries, light bulbs, lawn mowers, lawn equipment & snow blowers at this event.  Please drop off at the facility, Resource Solutions located at 5493 Express Circle, Madison, 608.244.2454.  Snow blowers, lawn mowers & lawn equipment must be drained of fluids & tires removed.

The following collection sites are also available:

  • Best Buy, Madison East (608-242-0701)
  • Goodwill, Sun Prairie (608-318-5560)
  • Resource Solutions (608-244-5451)
  • Dane County Clean Sweep (608-243-0368)
  • File 13 E-Waste Solutions (608-221-1313)

These companies may offer curbside pickups for additional fees.

Hazardous Household Waste Disposal

Household Hazard Wastes can be dropped off at the Dane County Clean Sweep located at the Dane County Landfill in Madison. Items that Clean Sweep will accept include Dane-County-Clean-Sweep-Flyer.pdf (countyofdane.com), below are a few examples:

  • 1-pound propane containers
  • Electronics 
  • Computer monitors & TV's ($15.00 each)
  • Full or partial aerosols
  • Gasoline and gas-oil mixtures
  • Household products containing organic solvents
  • Oil-based paints
  • Paint-related products
  • Pesticides
  • Poisons
  • Rechargeable batteries

Contact Information

Clean Sweep is located at 7102 U.S. Highway 12 (shares space with Dane County Landfill). The facility is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. They are closed Sunday and Holidays.

Additional questions can be answered by calling Clean Sweep at 608-838-3212.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

The city will hold a free collection of Household Hazardous Waste on Saturday, September 30, 2023 from 8:30 a.m. until Noon.  The collection will take place in the parking lot at the Sun Prairie Family Aquatic Center, 920 Linnerud Drive.  A Recycle Center Permit will be required to take advantage of this event. Review the event brochure (PDF) for items that will be accepted.

Medication & Sharps Disposal

Medication Disposal

Do you have old medications that have expired or are no longer being used? Flushing them down the toilet or putting them in your refuse cart is not the answer. Studies have shown that these medications harm the environment: our water, lakes and the animals in them.

A permanent MedDrop is now available in the lobby of the Police Department, 300 East Main Street. The lobby is open 24/7. After hours, enter from Main Street.

Items Accepted at the MedDrop:

  • Medication Samples
  • Nebulizer Solution
  • Over-the-counter medicine (pills, liquids, creams)
  • Pet meds
  • Prescription medicine (pills, liquids, creams)
  • Vitamins

To dispose of medicine in the MedDrop box:

  • Empty contents of pill bottles into a Ziploc bag and recycle your pill bottles at home.
  • Please leave liquids, gels, or creams in their original containers and place them in a Ziploc bag.
  • Bring the Ziploc bags to City Hall and place them in the drop box.

Medical Shapers Disposal

To reduce public health risks, Wisconsin requires all citizens to manage medical sharps safely. It is illegal to put sharps in the refuse or recycle cart. Provided is a list of registered medical sharps collection sites in Sun Prairie:

  • Pick 'n Save
    2358 Ironwood Drive
    Sun Prairie, WI 53590
    Phone: 608-837-2867
  • Pick 'n Save
    640 E. Main Street
    Sun Prairie, WI 53590
    Phone: 608-837-3821
  • UW Health Physicians Sun Prairie Clinic
    2651 Windsor Street
    Sun Prairie, WI 53590
    Phone: 608-837-2206

Other Sharps Resources

You can also check with the Wisconsin DNR or Safe Needle Disposal for additional options.