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Is burning waste worth the risk of starting a wildfire or compromising your health?

Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Disposal, Environmental, Hazardous, Recycling | Comments Off on Is burning waste worth the risk of starting a wildfire or compromising your health?

MADISON – With fire danger currently elevated in Wisconsin, it’s even more important that people consider recycling and composting instead of burning waste and yard debris, which Department of Natural Resource officials caution may cause wildfires and add pollutants to the air. “Wildfire season is here and it’s not a good time to be burning outdoors. Just yesterday, we had a 200 acre wildfire and evacuated 44 homes,” says Catherine Koele, DNR wildfire prevention specialist. “Luckily, no one lost their home...

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City of Milwaukee One-Day-Only Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale! Saturday May 16th

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Composting, Environmental, Program, Recycling, Seasonal | Comments Off on City of Milwaukee One-Day-Only Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale! Saturday May 16th

Compost food scraps to send less to the landfill. It’s back! On Saturday May 16th, from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm, the City of Milwaukee will host a ONE-DAY-ONLY compost bin and rain barrel truckload sale. Composting and rainwater harvesting are great ways to promote a healthy lawn and garden, reduce waste and save landfill space, save money on water costs and reduce pollution. The event will take place rain or shine in the parking lot east of the Wilson Park Senior Center at 2601 W. Howard Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53221. A limited number of Earth...

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Waukesha County Household Hazardous Waste Special Collection – May 16 and Memorial Day Closings

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Disposal, Environmental, Hazardous, Program, Recycling | Comments Off on Waukesha County Household Hazardous Waste Special Collection – May 16 and Memorial Day Closings

Waukesha, WI – The Village of Mukwonago will be hosting a special one-day collection of household hazardous waste open to any Waukesha County resident on Saturday, May 16th from 8:00 a.m. to noon. The collection will take place at the Village Public Works Garage at 630 Hwy NN. Old, unusable chemicals, pesticides, wood preservatives, solvents, oil-based paints, and mercury-containing products will be accepted. Latex paint, non-hazardous cleaning materials, motor oil and oil filters will not be accepted. Check with your municipal drop off site...

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“Litter Selfie” from Menomonie

Posted by on May 4, 2015 in Disposal, Environmental, Program, Recycling | Comments Off on “Litter Selfie” from Menomonie

On April 22nd the Menomonie Lions Club got out and cleaned up their section of Highway 25.  Looks like the did a pretty good job! ...

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Wisconsin residents can learn and benefit during International Composting Awareness Week

Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Composting, Feature, Program, Seasonal | Comments Off on Wisconsin residents can learn and benefit during International Composting Awareness Week

MADISON – Many Wisconsin residents perform the routine task of taking out the garbage once a week, but it’s likely almost 25 percent of their trash is organic material that could be composted. In other words, a quarter of what we’re throwing away isn’t garbage at all. That’s why the Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin is inviting people all over the state to learn and compost more during International Composting Awareness Week, May 4-10. Composting has a lot of benefits and can be done in a variety of easy and problem-free ways. This...

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Asphalt Shingle Recycling Facts and Figures

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 in Disposal, Environmental, Hazardous, Recycling | Comments Off on Asphalt Shingle Recycling Facts and Figures

Do you know which is the most commonly used type of roofing shingle? If you said “asphalt,” you are correct; these shingles are used for about 80 percent of roofs in the US today. Despite this figure, up until quite recently the standard advice on disposing of used asphalt shingles, following a roof removal, was “transport them to the nearest landfill.” However, in the past several years, asphalt shingle recycling centers have been opening in major towns and cities throughout the United States. Why are these facilities...

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International Composting Awareness Week – Waukesha County to hold special one-day compost bin and rain barrel sale May 9

Posted by on Apr 29, 2015 in Composting, Environmental, Recycling, Seasonal | Comments Off on International Composting Awareness Week – Waukesha County to hold special one-day compost bin and rain barrel sale May 9

Waukesha, WI – Residents are encouraged to learn and compost more during International Composting Awareness Week May 3-9. According to Wisconsin waste management specialists, almost 25 percent of household trash is organic material that could be composted instead of going to the landfill. Organic materials that have traditionally been considered waste – grass clippings, leaves, vegetable scraps, and coffee grounds, for example – can sidestep the trash can and become a valuable soil amendment. To encourage more residents to try backyard...

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Eagle Waste & Recycling Improves the Environment and the Economy

Posted by on Apr 29, 2015 in Disposal, Recycling | Comments Off on Eagle Waste & Recycling Improves the Environment and the Economy

Recycling gets pretty good press. It’s great for the environment, conserving resources and keeping millions of tons of material out of landfills every year. Recycling also reduces pollution. For example, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website reports, 73 percent less air pollution is produced when paper is recycled, compared to making paper from virgin materials. Mining waste is reduced by 80 percent when glass is recycled. Along with the environmental benefits, recycling offers economic benefits. For example, in 2010,...

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“Litter Selfie” from Stevens Point

Posted by on Apr 28, 2015 in Environmental, Program, Recycling | Comments Off on “Litter Selfie” from Stevens Point

Submitted by Courtney McKoy: “I walk to work in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, every day. When the snow was covering the ground, it was easy not to notice the amount of trash on my daily journeys to and from work. When it started to melt, I noticed more and more, and more, and MORE litter every single day- everywhere I looked. Having majored in Natural Resource Management in college, this kind of thing has always gotten on my nerves. Yesterday I’d had enough. I was walking home and was enjoying the GORGEOUS day- except for one thing-...

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“Litter Selfie” from Central Wisconsin

Posted by on Apr 24, 2015 in Environmental, Program, Recycling | Comments Off on “Litter Selfie” from Central Wisconsin

Woman in central Wisconsin collected one bag of garbage and one bag of recyclables while walking her dog in the neighborhood. She lives in a community with single-stream recycling, so plastic bottles, aluminum cans, glass bottles and paper items can all go together. She’ll collect more on future walks because this wasn’t all of it (it’s challenging to walk a beagle and pick up litter by...

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