FREE Workshops in Waukesha County Teach Eco-Friendly Methods

Posted by on Apr 7, 2015 in Environmental, Program, Seasonal | Comments Off

Waukesha, WI – Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use – Land Resources staff are offering free public workshops in April. Green Cleaning Workshop: 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! The Value of Rain Gardens and Rain Barrels: Rain barrels have been used for many generations. Discover how they...

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More recycling saves Appleton $47,000

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Disposal, Program, Recycling | Comments Off

About 24 percent of Appleton’s waste stream was diverted to recycling last year. Q: What is the result to date of Appleton’s recycling effort since it introduced the blue containers? A: Appleton recycled 6,029 tons of paper, plastic, glass and metal in 2014, the first full year since the city began using blue recycling bins as part of its automated curbside collection program. That’s a 22 percent increase — an additional 1,078 tons — from the 4,951 tons that the city recycled in 2012, the last full year when residents...

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Restore Recycling Funding Letter to Gov. Walker and State Legislators – RE: AB-21/SB-21 Proposed Budget

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 in Environmental, Feature, Recycling | Comments Off

Dear Governor Walker and State Legislators, The Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin (AROW), Council on Recycling (COR), Solid Waste Association of North America-Badger Chapter (SWANA) and Wisconsin Counties Solid Waste Management Association (WCSWMA) oppose and urge you to reconsider the following reductions or eliminations in funding from the Environmental Management Account: • Reduction in Recycling Grants Available to Local Governments ($4 million) • Elimination in funding for UW Extension Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center...

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Waukesha County Recycling & Water Resources: In the Community Recycling & Water Resources Education and Outreach

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Environmental, Program, Recycling | Comments Off

Waukesha, WI – The Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use recycling and water resources programs will be at the 11th annual Lake Country Community Fest on Saturday, March 21st from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Expert staff will be available to answer questions about recycling, home composting, rain gardens, and rain barrels as well as give out informational flyers and brochures. Children will have the chance to spin the recycling trivia wheel and see live aquatic insects. Lake Country Community Fest will feature over 150 exhibitor booths, a...

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Brown County Recycling Efforts Going Strong

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Disposal, Environmental, Program, Recycling | Comments Off

(Green Bay, WI) Brown County residents are doing a better job at remembering to reduce, reuse and recycle. More than 26,000 tons of single stream recyclables were collected in 2014, according to the annual report from Brown County Resource Recovery. That is an increase from 2013, when about 23,000 tons of recycling was collected. “Public education is key to a successful recycling program,” said Mark Walter, business development manager for Brown County Resource Recovery. “The more we can share about what recycling means and what kind of...

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Strong Gains Achieved In Improving Carton Recycling Infrastructure – Fifty-three Percent of U.S. Households Now Have Access to Carton Recycling

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in Disposal, Program, Recycling | Comments Off

DENTON, Texas—The Carton Council of North America has reported that carton recycling access continued to grow significantly in 2014, thanks to collaborative industry efforts and support from communities nationwide. Access expanded to an additional three states, as well as 6.1 million households across the country, and now more than 53 percent of households across 48 states can recycle their food and beverage cartons through local curbside recycling and drop-off programs. This momentum is continuing through 2015, as more than 500,000 new...

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Waukesha County Rain Garden Grant Program Deadline Approaches

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Environmental, Seasonal | Comments Off

Waukesha, WI – In partnership with the Graham Martin Foundation, the Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use is offering native plants for rain gardens at half off the normal retail price. Native plants, including Purple Coneflower and Black-eyed Susan’s, that normally retail for $3.60 will be available for $1.80 per two inch potted plant for orders received by March 18th. A rain garden is a sunken garden with a flat bottom that collects water from a downspout and other sources, which helps soak runoff into the soil. Runoff is...

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Recycling and Waste Reduction Efforts throughout Wisconsin Honored

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Program | Comments Off

Oconomowoc, WI (March 2, 2015) – The Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin (AROW) held its annual awards ceremony on February 26th in conjunction with the 2015 Wisconsin Integrated Resource Management Conference ( in Oconomowoc. The organization presented four awards: • One to a Director of a non-profit who has had a big impact on recycling and waste reduction programs across the state; • One to a multi-county recycling facility that is a model of what can be achieved through a regional partnership; • One to a family-owned...

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Residence halls join initiative to keep plastic out of landfills

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Disposal, Program, Recycling | Comments Off

Sixteen hundred pounds of plastic waste collected in residence halls at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has been diverted from landfills due to the university’s participation in the Wisconsin Wrap Recycling Action Program, a statewide public-private initiative to reduce plastic waste and increase plastic bag and film recycling in Wisconsin, which began last fall. WRAP enlists partner organizations to collect recyclable plastic bags and film. So far, UW-Eau Claire is one of only two universities in the UW System partnering with...

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Master Composter Program Dates Set for 2015

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Environmental, Program, Recycling | Comments Off

The locations for the Wisconsin Master Composter Program initial training workshops have been set for the Spring of 2015. Workshops will be held in three locations this year around the state. The Master Composter program is a train-the-trainer program that aims to build the capacity of composters to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for composting with others. In order to become a certified Master Composter trainees must attend the one-day workshop and complete three outreach activities. The composters who participate in the program...

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