Location and Office Hours

707 N. Maple Street
PO Box 118
Ellsworth, WI 54011

Recycling Drop Off Hours
Monday - Friday
6:00am - 4:30pm
1st & 3rd Saturdays
8:00am - Noon
(Closed Holidays)

Phone: 715.273.3092
Fax: 715.273.6867

Staff Contacts

Steve Melstrom - EXT 6849

MRF Supervisor
David Murphy - EXT 7402

Office Specialist
Darlene Dailey - EXT 7401




Recycling Guide
Cartons Accepted
#5 Plastic Accepted
Ag & Silage Plastic Program Flyer
Ag Plastic Bags Program
Ag Plastics Program Updates


Foam Insulation Cylinders Not Accepted



Mercury and Battery Disposal

Mercury Thermometers and
Thermostats are accepted at the MRF

Alternatives to
Dental Amalgam & Fillings
Ask dentist about other treatments
Auto light switches in hood & trunk
Ball bearing switches
(Available for about $1)


Mercury Items:
Barometers & Manometers

Alternatives are available
Some nasal sprays, ointments,
contact lens solutions.

Read labels, avoid products with
Thimerosal, phenylmercuric acetate,

One fever thermometer contains about 1/2 gram of mercury, enough to contaminate a 10-acre lake.  A home thermostat contains about 3 grams of mercury.  Every waterway in Wisconsin has been issued a Fish Consumption Advisory due to mercury contamination.  Mercury is released into the environment by burning fossil fuels or when products containing mercury are landfilled, incinerated or released into water systems.  Bacteria in lakes and rivers converts mercury to a more toxic form called methyl mercury, which is absorbed by plankton and fish and bio accumulates through the food chain.

Battery Disposal Guide

Battery Type Common Name Size Available Examples of Use Proper Disposal

Coppertop, Alkaline

AAA, AA, C, D, 6V, 9V

Flashlights, Calculators, Toys, Clocks, Smoke Alarms & Remote Controls Place in Trash


Mercuric Oxide, Silver Oxide, Lithium, Alkaline, Zinc-Air Sizes Vary

Watches, Hearing Aids, Toys, Greeting Cards, Remote Controls

Collected at MRF (Recycling Center)

Carbon Zinc

"Classic", Heavy Duty, General Purpose, All Purpose, Power Cell

AAA, AA, C, D, 6V, 9V

Flashlights, Calculators, Toys, Clocks, Smoke Alarms & Remote Controls, Transistor Radios, Garage Door Openers

Place in Trash


Usually has "Lithium" Label on the battery 3V, 6V, 3V Button

Cameras, Calculators, Computer Memory Back Up Collected at MRF (Recycling Center)
Nickel Cadmium (Rechargable)

Either Unlabeled or Labeled "Ni-Cd"

AAA, AA, C, D, 6V, 9V

Flashlights, Toys, Power Tools, Cell Phones, Computer Packs Collected at MRF (Recycling Center)

Reuseable Alkaline Manganese (Rechargeable) Renewal


Flashlights, Calculators, Toys, Clocks, Radios, Remote Controls

Place in Trash

Sealed Lead Acid (Rechargeable)

"Gel", VRB, AGM, Cyclone, Dynasty, El Power, Gates, Lithonia, Saft, Panasonic, Yuasa Multiples of 2 Volts: 2V, 6V, 12V

Video Cameras, Power Tools, Wheelchairs, ATV's Cameras, Metal Detectors, Clocks

Collected at MRF (Recycling Center)

NOTE: Several Pharmacies & Department Stores will take back used batteries at their photo department.  Ask if yours does.