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Annual Spring Sale and Workshop Event

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Composting, Environmental, Program, Seasonal | Comments Off on Annual Spring Sale and Workshop Event

(WAUKESHA, WI) – Waukesha County Parks and Land Use Department is holding their annual Spring Sale and Workshop Event at Retzer Nature Center, located at S14 W28167 Madison Street, in Waukesha on Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.   Home compost bins, rain barrels, and a limited quantity of native plants will be for sale. Free workshops on home composting, native plant landscaping, rain gardens and rain barrels, and a native wildflower walk will be held from 9 a.m. until noon.   “This event highlights the collaborative...

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New Law Increases Recycling Funding for 2016 – AROW Applauds Sen. Rob Cowles as Recycling Champion

Posted by on Apr 27, 2016 in Environmental, Feature, Recycling | Comments Off on New Law Increases Recycling Funding for 2016 – AROW Applauds Sen. Rob Cowles as Recycling Champion

Stevens Point, WI (April 27, 2016) –Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin (AROW) is delighted to announce that a new law will increase recycling funding by $3 million, partially correcting a $4 million loss realized as a part of the 2016 state budget.  This funding provides essential financial support for local recycling programs across the state and is supported by landfill tipping fees.   The new law, signed yesterday by Governor Walker, originated in August 2015 with Sen. Rob Cowles (R-Green Bay).  Concerned that the funding cut may...

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Help Protect Recycling Facility Workers – Recycle Small Propane Cylinders Correctly

Posted by on Apr 25, 2016 in Disposal, Hazardous, Recycling | Comments Off on Help Protect Recycling Facility Workers – Recycle Small Propane Cylinders Correctly

(WAUKESHA, WI) – Waukesha County residents are asked to find alternative ways to recycle their used small propane cylinders rather than placing in the curbside recycling containers. Propane cylinders pose a very serious risk to workers and equipment because during the baling process materials are compressed under hundreds of pounds of pressure in order to form large bales for shipping.  Even when the cylinders are empty, they remain pressurized and can explode and cause a fire when compacted. Over the last year, workers at the Waukesha...

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Waukesha County Launches Recycling Smartphone Application

Posted by on Apr 22, 2016 in Environmental, Program, Recycling | Comments Off on Waukesha County Launches Recycling Smartphone Application

(WAUKESHA, WI) – A new smartphone app called Waukesha County Recycles offers residents convenient information about proper recycling and disposal of a wide variety of household items.  The County contracted with the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee’s App Brewery, to develop the app which provides detailed information on what and how to recycle or safely dispose of items, and where to take them, along with navigation to the selected location.   “This app makes it easy for our residents to recycle right.  The more residents recycle...

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Keep the Earth in Mind on Earth Day! Brown County Resource Recovery reminds residents of resources

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Environmental, Program, Recycling, Seasonal | Comments Off on Keep the Earth in Mind on Earth Day! Brown County Resource Recovery reminds residents of resources

(Brown County, WI) Brown County Resource Recovery is asking residents to “know before they throw” and keep recycling top of mind this Earth Day.   “This is the 46th Earth Day, which is a great time to do something good for the planet,” said Mark Walter, business development manager with Resource Recovery.  It’s also a great time to remind people in Brown County about how far we have come with recycling options while providing an opportunity to educate our residents about the resources available to them.”   One of the...

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Consumers Overwhelmingly Believe Recycling Is Important

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Disposal, Program, Recycling | Comments Off on Consumers Overwhelmingly Believe Recycling Is Important

DENTON, Texas—Good news! Americans still believe recycling is important and positively impacts the environment. These were the findings of a national survey that included nearly 2,500 U.S. adults, conducted for the Carton Council of North America. It showed that 90 percent of respondents believe recycling is important and people should do what they can to try and recycle. To break it down further, more than 6 in 10 (61 percent) believe people should make recycling a priority. Twenty-nine percent believe people should do what they can to try...

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Free Workshops Teach Eco-Friendly Methods

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in Program, Seasonal | Comments Off on Free Workshops Teach Eco-Friendly Methods

(WAUKESHA, WI) – Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use – Land Resources staff are offering free public workshops and presentations in April.   Organic Lawn Care Presentation: Find out the latest approaches and steps to a green & healthy lawn through organic practices that feed the soil and create the best growing medium for the biggest crop in America: the lawn.   Green Cleaning Workshop:  We strive to keep our homes & workplaces healthy by using chemicals that are toxic.  Is there another way?  Find out...

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Special One-Day Electronics and Appliance Recycling Event in Waukesha County

Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in Disposal, Environmental, Program, Recycling | Comments Off on Special One-Day Electronics and Appliance Recycling Event in Waukesha County

(WAUKESHA, WI) – The Village of Hartland will be hosting a special one-day collection of electronics and appliances open to any Waukesha County resident on Saturday, April 9th from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The collection will take place at 701 Progress Drive. State law bans electronics and appliances from landfills and incinerators due to the valuable materials that can be recycled and reused, including precious metals like gold and copper.  Many devices also contain hazardous materials such as lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium and chemical flame...

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Reduce Public Health Risks by Proper Disposal of Household Medical Sharps

Posted by on Mar 14, 2016 in Disposal, Environmental, Hazardous | Comments Off on Reduce Public Health Risks by Proper Disposal of Household Medical Sharps

(WAUKESHA, WI) – Waukesha County would like to remind residents that improperly disposing of medical sharps poses a public health risk along with the potential to injure collection and recycling facility workers.  To reduce public health risks, Wisconsin medical waste rules require safe management and disposal. It is illegal to put sharps in the refuse (trash) or with recyclables and there are several options for safe disposal:   Contact your pharmacy, doctor, clinic or local hospital; many health care facilities accept sharps but are...

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Special One-Day Electronics and Appliance Recycling Event

Posted by on Mar 8, 2016 in Environmental, Program, Recycling | Comments Off on Special One-Day Electronics and Appliance Recycling Event

(WAUKESHA, WI) – The City of New Berlin will be hosting a special one-day collection of electronics and appliances open to any Waukesha County resident on Saturday, March 12th from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The collection will take place at 16550 W. National Avenue. State law bans electronics and appliances from landfills and incinerators due to the valuable materials that can be recycled and reused, including precious metals like gold and copper.  Many devices also contain hazardous materials such as lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium and chemical...

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