Out with the old, in with the new — How you can participate in textile recycling

Posted by on Jan 30, 2015 in Environmental, Recycling | Comments Off

Who didn’t get a new sweater or another article of clothing for the holidays? Or perhaps with a New Year’s goal of weight loss and improved fitness and in a few weeks, a new jean size to boot? Another popular resolution involves decluttering and house cleaning. Whatever the reason for purging out your closet, don’t just toss your unwanted items. Recycle them! Textile recycling includes the collection of clothes, shoes and accessories, as well as towels, bedding and even drapery. According to the Council for Textile Recycling, the United...

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For Summer Fairs, Recycling Success Starts With Winter Planning – Recycling toolkit helps festival and event planners

Posted by on Jan 30, 2015 in Environmental, Program, Recycling | Comments Off

MADISON — While the fairgrounds and midways of summer may seem a long way off, many summer festival organizers are already planning and laying the groundwork for event recycling success. An online toolkit from the Department of Natural Resources is helping event planners start new recycling efforts and build on last year’s momentum. The DNR’s event recycling toolkit is available for free by searching recycling away from home on the DNR website, The kit contains how-to guides, signs and other materials for print or...

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FREE Workshops Teach Eco-Friendly Methods

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 in Program, Seasonal | Comments Off

Waukesha, WI – Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use – Land Resources staff are offering free public workshops in February. Thursday, February 5: Green Cleaning Workshop will be held at the Waukesha Public Library from 7 – 8 p.m. At this workshop, find out what common household ingredients can be used to keep your home healthy, clean, and safe. Find out what really works and which products on the market pass as “green.” Attendees will “Make & Take” a Creamy Soft Scrub to try at home! Call 262-524-3682 to...

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Recycling Just Got Easier in Waukesha County! Now Residents Can Place All Recyclables in One Container

Posted by on Jan 9, 2015 in Disposal, Recycling | Comments Off

Waukesha, WI – The days of separating recyclables are over! Recycling just got easier! Now all recyclables including paper, cardboard, plastics, aluminum cans, glass bottles, and cartons all go in the same container, mixed together. It’s called “single sort” recycling. No bagging. No sorting. No hassle. Over the next several months, contracted haulers for each municipality will deliver new, larger recycling containers. These new recycling containers have increased capacity to collect the expanded list of materials that can now be...

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So Much Cardboard!

Posted by on Dec 29, 2014 in Disposal, Recycling, Seasonal | Comments Off

(Brown County, WI) Christmas day is over and if you are like many households, you probably saw a major increase in the amount of cardboard in your house. All of that cardboard – from every shipped gift, sweater box, toy and electronic gadget – will certainly fill up the recycling bin a few times before it’s all gone. But you don’t have to wait. “If you don’t want to store piles of broken down cardboard that is waiting its turn for the recycling bin, Brown County residents can bring it to the Recycling Facility,” said Mark...

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Jefferson County Recycles Three Million Pounds of Electronic Waste

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Recycling | Comments Off

JEFFERSON COUNTY, WI (December 4, 2014) – On December 4, 2014, Jefferson County reached a milestone, recycling its three-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, Fort Atkinson,...

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Christmas and New Year’s Holiday Closings at Waukesha County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Sites

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Disposal, Hazardous, Recycling, Seasonal | Comments Off

Waukesha, WI – All Waukesha County Household Hazardous Waste Collection sites will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day. Menomonee Falls Site Closed: Wednesday December 24, Saturday December 27, and Veolia Environmental Services Wednesday December 31 W124 N9451 Boundary Road The sites in Franklin, Muskego and Waukesha were not scheduled to be open on these days and will continue to be closed through January. For more information, including a detailed list of acceptable household hazardous waste materials and hours of operation, visit...

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A holiday gift to your trash can – Now Brown, Outagamie and Winnebago Counties can recycle more!

Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 in Feature, Recycling | Comments Off

If there is one question asked of recycling officials more than any other, it is: “Why can’t I recycle more plastics?” The good news is, now you can recycle many more plastics — and cartons too! And you can do so just in time for the holiday season! The Tri-County (Brown, Outagamie and Winnebago Counties) Single Stream Recycling Facility in Appleton has expanded its processing capabilities to add new materials. This expansion was made possible by the regional growth of the facility, from accepting approximately 52,000 tons of...

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Counties Expand Recycling Materials – Tri-County facility will accept cartons and new plastics

Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 in Recycling | Comments Off

APPLETON, WI – The Tri-County Recycling Facility, which serves most of northeast Wisconsin, has recently completed a redesign of the recycling facility that will allow them to accept new materials to be recycled. Beginning, Dec. 1, the facility will begin accepting milk and juice type cartons and new types of plastic containers for recycling. Plastic dairy containers, such as those used for cottage cheese, yogurt, sour cream and margarine, as well as plastic containers commonly used for produce, bakery and deli items may now be included in...

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The Wait is Over! County has begun accepting more plastics and cartons

Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 in Recycling | Comments Off

(Brown County, WI) No more wondering if you can recycle sour cream containers, milk cartons or deli containers – go ahead and toss them in the bin! That’s because Brown County is now able to accept these types of materials as part of the expanded recycling program. “Residents have said that they want to be able to recycle more plastics, but reliable technology wasn’t readily available until now,” said Mark Walter, business development manager for Brown County Resource Recovery. “The Tri-County Recycling Facility has been...

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