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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 (www.wirmc.org) 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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Christmas Tree Recycling

Posted by on Jan 6, 2014 in Disposal, Environmental, Feature, Recycling, Seasonal | Comments Off

As the holiday season draws to a close, people across the state are hauling their Christmas trees to the curb and waiting for pickup day. But state environmental officials say there are other ways to dispose of trees that not only reduce the amount of waste that goes to the landfill, but also help the environment. “Cut trees can be used for many different things, ranging from mulch to winter wildlife shelter,” says Elisabeth Olson, a recycling education specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Olson suggest...

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2014 Park Bin Grant Program from Keep America Beautiful and Dr Pepper Snapple

Posted by on Jan 6, 2014 in Disposal, Program, Recycling | Comments Off

Keep America Beautiful and Dr Pepper Snapple are now accepting applications for their 2014 Park Bin Grant Program. The DPS / KAB Public Park Recycling Grant program is designed to build or expand recycling opportunities in different park settings from neighborhood parks with playgrounds or athletic fields to regional parks with trails and natural settings. This grant specifically provides durable, permanent recycling bins from a menu of options and grant recipients will have the bins shipped to their location with all expenses paid. ...

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How to create less waste during the holidays

Posted by on Dec 10, 2013 in Disposal, Environmental, Feature, Program, Recycling, Seasonal | Comments Off

From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, household waste increases by more than 25 percent, and this extra trash — mostly food, shopping bags, product packaging and wrapping paper — adds up to an additional 1 million tons of waste a week that’s sent to U.S. landfills, according to the EPA. Luckily, there are many steps you can take that will help you reduce your holiday trash — and even save some cash. Where to shop The easiest way to cut back on what you’re throwing away is to reduce the amount of stuff you bring home in the first...

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Jefferson County Recycles Two Million Pounds of Electronic Waste

Posted by on Dec 10, 2013 in Recycling | Comments Off

JEFFERSON COUNTY, WI (December 10, 2013) – On November 12, 2013, Jefferson County reached a milestone, recycling its two-millionth pound of electronic waste (e-waste). The e-waste was recycled in partnership with Universal Recycling Technologies (URT), an eStewards® certified electronic and universal waste recycler headquartered in Janesville, WI. In 2010, Jefferson County contracted URT to recycle all residential and K-12 school e-waste collected in the county. The contract included collection from the cities of Watertown and...

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Household Hazardous Waste Informational Video

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in Disposal, Environmental, Hazardous, Recycling | Comments Off

Video about what constitutes “hazardous waste”, the effect it has on water supplies and Lake Superior, and where/how to safely dispose of common hazardous waste and electronic products. Click here to watch the video.  Then share it with others.

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