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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21 Work*Play*Earth Day events scheduled for 2014

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Environmental, Feature, Program, Seasonal | Comments Off

MADISON – People can celebrate Earth Day while helping out and enjoying Wisconsin state park, forest, trail and wildlife properties during the sixth annual Work*Play*Earth Day. Volunteer events are sponsored by the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks and Department of Natural Resources properties. The events will be held April 19, 26 and May 3, 2014. Volunteers can join DNR staff, local friends group members, and people from nearby communities to help repair and enhance park, forest and trail properties. Activities include planting trees...

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Recycling and Waste Reduction Efforts throughout Wisconsin Honored

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Recycling | Comments Off

Green Bay, WI (February 27, 2014) – The Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin (AROW) held its annual awards ceremony on February 27th in conjunction with the 2014 Wisconsin Integrated Resource Management Conference ( in Green Bay. The organization presented four awards: ·         One to an individual recognized for  excellence in recycling education whose dedication and enthusiasm brought carton recycling to the Neenah School District and the Tri-County Area; ·         One to a Polk County foreman who goes the...

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Keep America Beautiful Presents Carton Council with 2013 1st-Place Award for Waste Reduction and Recycling Efforts

Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in Recycling | Comments Off

VERNON HILLS, Ill.—The Carton Council of North America has been awarded the 2013 First-Place National Award from Keep America Beautiful (KAB) for its community improvement efforts surrounding increasing access to recycling in the Waste Reduction/Recycling category in the Business/Professional Organization group. “We recently reached a new milestone in increasing access to carton recycling, bringing the total number of U.S. households with access to more than 56.6 million. That’s a 165 percent increase in access since our efforts began...

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Think Spring with Some “Green” Spring Cleaning Tips

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Disposal, Feature, Recycling, Seasonal | Comments Off

We know that we are still in the thick of winter but spring really isn’t that far off.  There is plenty to be done inside the house before the snow melts to get you ready for spring.  Spring cleaning offers a great opportunity to reduce waste, save money and make a positive impact on the environment. As people are cleaning out the basement or garage, the Department of Natural Resources offers a number of helpful hints on their website to recycle old materials and keep waste out of our landfills: organize a swap with friends, family...

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