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Motor Oil, Oil Filters and Antifreeze Recycling at Waukesha County Municipal Recycling Drop-off Sites

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Recycling | Comments Off

Waukesha, WI – Summertime chores often find Waukesha County residents changing oil in snow blowers, lawn mower and their vehicles. As a service to residents, summertime hours are available to the public for the following 18 municipal drop-off sites to recycle waste motor oil and oil filters as well as 13 of these municipal drop-off sites to recycle antifreeze (proof of residency required): *Accepts from any Waukesha County Resident In 2013, Waukesha County residents recycled 343.4 tons of waste oil, 17.3 tons of oil filters, and 26.9 tons...

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CARTON RECYCLING ACCESS REACHES MOMENTOUS 50 PERCENT MILESTONE Half of all U.S. households now have access to carton recycling

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in Disposal, Program, Recycling | Comments Off

VERNON HILLS, Ill.—The Carton Council of North America is proud to announce that fifty percent of U.S. households can now recycle cartons through curbside and other local recycling programs. This celebratory milestone represents the tremendous industry-led effort made possible by the support of countless recycling, packaging, municipal and sustainability stakeholders. “This milestone was achieved through industry collaboration and is the result of successful private-public partnerships,” said Jason Pelz, vice president of recycling...

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This Awesome Campaign Takes the Confusion out of Recycling

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014 in Disposal, Environmental, Recycling | Comments Off

Nobody likes to think about trash. We can go all day without giving a single thought to the 4.3-pound detritus—that’s the average amount of waste a person generates in 24 hours—we toss into bins and receptacles that magically empty out the next morning or the next week. This has piled up into a problem we can’t ignore, so Mitch Hedlund is working to make recycling simpler and more intuitive. “We want to get to the point where people know what to do when they walk up to bins without having to take the time to think about it,”...

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Dunn County Launches Plastic Film and Bag Recycling Awareness Program

Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 in Recycling | Comments Off

To help mark “Plastic Film and Bag Recycling Awareness Month” in DunnCounty, a kick-off event will be held at Indianhead Enterprises at 12:30 p.m., June 12, 2014.  DunnCounty has been chosen as part of a pilot program for a nationwide public outreach initiative to dramatically increase the recycle of plastic film packaging.  As a result Dunn County Solid Waste, in cooperation with Indianhead Enterprises, is now accepting plastic film product wraps and film to be recycled into Trex Company, Inc. composite decking.   The Dunn County...

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Follow the Flow—From your Lush, Green Lawn

Posted by on Jun 9, 2014 in Environmental, Feature, Seasonal | Comments Off

Waukesha, WI – Summer is coming—finally!  And with summer comes the season of lawn care—mowing, fertilizing, and watering.  Before dousing the lawn with spring fertilizer, follow the flow during one of our spring rains and see where the water goes as it leaves your lawn.  In urban areas, water flows to the storm drain, where it connects directly to the nearest lake, river, or stream.  This means that anything we put on our lawn—fertilizer, pesticides, pet waste— can run off and enter our water resources.  Once in our water,...

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Landscape Plastics Recycling Collection Event at Johnson’s Nursery

Posted by on Jun 4, 2014 in Program, Recycling, Seasonal | Comments Off

Waukesha, WI – Johnson’s Nursery, Inc. headquartered at W180 N6275 Marcy Road, in Menomonee Falls, will be holding the semi-annual landscape plastics recycling collection event on Saturday, June 14 from 8 a.m. until noon.  This recycling event is a cooperative effort between Johnson’s Nursery, Inc. and the Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use that allows residents and businesses to drop off used plastic growing pots, plant trays, and plant containers free of charge for recycling.  These plastic plant containers...

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Recycling and Composting Can Replace Open Burning of Trash and Yard Debris

Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Environmental, Feature, Hazardous, Recycling | Comments Off

State officials urge alternatives to burning MADISON – Options such as recycling and composting can replace open burning of trash and yard debris, which Department of Natural Resource officials caution can be a fire and pollution danger, especially this time of year. While it is legal to burn some yard waste in certain areas, forestry officials caution that debris burning is the number one cause of wildfires in Wisconsin, triggering about 30 percent of the state’s wildfires each year. “Open burning of any material produces a...

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Household Hazardous Waste Special Collections: June 7 – Brookfield and June 21 – Delafield

Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Disposal, Hazardous, Recycling | Comments Off

Waukesha, WI – Two Waukesha County communities will hold special one-day collections of household hazardous waste in June.  The City of Brookfield will hold its special collection on June 7. The City of Delafield’s special collection will be on June 21.  Both collections are from 8 a.m. until noon and are open to any resident in Waukesha County. June 7 – Brookfield Public Works – 19700  Riverview Drive June 21 – Delafield Public Works – 111 Main Street   Old, unusable chemicals, pesticides, wood preservatives, solvents,...

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International Compost Awareness Week is May 5-11. A time to learn about compost.

Posted by on May 8, 2014 in Environmental, Feature | Comments Off

Many Wisconsin residents perform the routine task of taking out the garbage once a week, but state environmental officials say that almost one-quarter of what is thrown out isn’t really garbage at all. According to the Department of Natural Resources, nearly 25 percent of the trash produced in households weekly is organic material that could be composted. That’s why the agency is inviting people all over the state to learn and compost more during International Composting Awareness Week, May 5-11. “Composting has a lot of benefits and...

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Waukesha County Distributes More Than $1.2 Million To Municipalities For Recycling

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 in Disposal, Environmental, Program, Recycling | Comments Off

Waukesha, WI – Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas announced that 25 municipalities will receive checks this spring totaling $1,217,141 as partners in the Waukesha County Recycling Program and delivering their recyclables to the Material Recycling Facility (MRF).  The $1.2 million in dividend payments to municipalities is intended to provide tax relief by helping to offset their residential recycling collection costs.  The dividends vary for each participating municipality based on the individual program costs, tons of solid waste and...

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