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About Us

Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin is a 501(c)(3) non-profit association that provides statewide proactive leadership on waste reduction and recycling through education, advocacy, collaboration, programs and services.

The Purpose of AROW is:

  • To serve as a professional-level interface and resource for recyclers, existing and potential market developers, environmental and non-environmental groups, government officials, equipment manufacturers, equipment dealers, and individuals committed to waste reduction, recycling, product stewardship and resource recovery.

  • To provide members professional development opportunities through education, research, and the exchange of ideas, best-management-practices and technical knowledge in all areas of waste reduction, recycling, product stewardship, and resource recovery.

  • To inform the public, law-making bodies, the business community, and those involved with solid waste management of the environmental and economic importance of waste reduction, recycling, product stewardship and resource recovery.

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Serving Wisconsin's Recycling,
Waste Reduction, and Sustainability Professionals since 1990.

The Advisory Committees are designed to assist the board with projects related to the below topics.  The committees are made up of 7 main active members but are open to all members participation. Not all committees are active at all times.  

AROW strives to be constantly looking forward and working hard for its membership, with its members. Our special projects make a difference.

The Members-Only section of the website features list-serve access, shared resources, membership contact information, educational materials and more! 

Board of Directors

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Meleesa Johnson was introduced to the diverse world of integrated waste materials management when she accepted a position, in 2003, with Portage County.  She served as Portage County's Solid Waste Department administrator, overseeing a MRF, landfill and transfer facility, until June 2009.  She left Portage County to take a job with Marathon County as their director of solid waste management.  Here she is charged with operating the county's landfill, expanding recycling options for the state's largest county and creating a more consistent recycling education program for the county's 63 responsible units. 

Meleesa was elected to the AROW board of directors in 2006.  In 2009 she took on an additional role on the board's Executive Committee.  Here she serves as treasurer.  Meleesa is proud to have been a part of the 2008 strategic planning process which laid the groundwork for an expanded, more responsive AROW.  She looks forward to using her expertise in public/environmental policy and experience from the Governor's Task Force on Waste Materials Recovery & Reuse, to build a new Government Affairs Committee. 

President

meleesa.johnson@co.marathon.wi.us

Public Place Recycling Committee Board Liaison

(Current BOD Term: 03/2018 – 03/2021)

Board Member Since: 2006

Meleesa Johnson

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Analiese is Waukesha County’s Solid Waste Supervisor, overseeing a MRF in collaboration with the City of Milwaukee, a HHW program, electronics program, yard and wood waste program, and an extensive education program. Prior to her position with Waukesha County she worked in the City of Milwaukee’s recycling program. One of her biggest accomplishments was starting the curbside organics collection program. She also was the Education Manager for an environmental non-profit and a classroom teacher.

 

Due to her background, Analiese brings a strong public education expertise to the group as well as an understanding of how messages and programs resonate in urban and suburban areas of the state. She is an engaged AROW member, chairing the CME committee and serving on the board since this past June.

Vice President
aksmith@waukeshacounty.gov

(Current BOD Term: 04/2019 - 03/2022)

Board Member Since: 2018

Analiese Smith

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Mark is the Business Development Manager for the Brown County Port & Resource Recovery Department. He is responsible for the county’s Household Hazardous Waste, Food Waste Collection and Recycling Programs as well as habitat restoration projects in the bay of Green Bay. He has a multidisciplinary background in geographic information systems, environmental and land use impact analysis and planning. Mark has a degree in Cartography from the University of Wisconsin – Madison He has been a member of AROW since 2010 and currently chairs the AROW Product Stewardship Committee. 

Treasurer

walter_ma@co.brown.wi.us

Product Stewardship Comm Board Liason

(Current BOD Term: 03/2018 – 03/2021)

Board Member Since: 2012

Mark Walter

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Amanda is Portage County's Solid Waste Director. Prior to that she served as Dunn County’s Recycling Specialist for five years and worked as the Recycling Coordinator for Eau Claire County for four of those years. She has a wealth of experience as a recycling educator as well as hands-on experience managing a Responsible Unit. Specifically, she excels at partnering with businesses and residents to increase their awareness of recycling options all while diverting materials from the landfill by finding underused specialty markets. Amanda is chairing the new Emerging Leaders Program, is and active member of the AROW Education Committee, was a participant on the AROW Glass Task Force, was instrumental in creating and bringing plastic film and bag recycling programs to Western WI and am a SWANA Certified Manager of Recycling Systems. As a representative from Western Wisconsin, she will bring a different perspective and voice to the board regarding rural and residential recycling successes and challenges. Her unique energetic presentation style engages audiences to become more active in recycling. 

Secretary

haffelea@co.portage.wi.us

EL Program Chair/Board Liason

(Current BOD Term: 03/2017 - 03/2020)

Board Member Since: 2017

Amanda Haffele

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Chris Miller is the Recycling Coordinator for Outagamie County. She supervises the recycling collection program and education program for all 32 communities in Outagamie County. Chris coordinates the hazardous waste collections, manages the universal waste streams and is involved in several waste reduction projects. Chris is also a member of the Outagamie County Sustainability Committee and participates in other local sustainability groups. 

chris.miller@outagamie.org

(Current BOD Term: 03/2019 - 03/2022)

Board Member Since: 2013

Chris Miller

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Andy is an Associate and Operations Manager with Golder Associates in Green Bay. Andy has worked in the recycling and waste industry for 30 years for both owner-operators of facilities and as a consultant. He has a BS Degree in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a licensed professional engineer in Wisconsin and several other states.  His experience includes strategic planning, recycling and waste resource management, and operations, engineering and environmental compliance of waste facilities including landfills, transfer stations, hauling companies and materials recovery facilities.  He also serves on the Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) Research Council, which is committed to academic research in recycling and waste management, and the Wisconsin DNR Waste and Materials Management Study group.


Andy brings a national perspective on recycling and reuse to AROW through his work on planning and operations in over 30 states. This includes developing strategic and operations plans for recycling and waste hauling, transfer and disposal facilities. This experience provides a perspective beyond Wisconsin on legislation, regulation and operations that can benefit AROW when developing new programs. In addition, Mr. Nickodem has a goal to provide improved food waste recovery in Wisconsin.

andrew_nickodem@golder.com

Organids & Food Residuals Committee Board Liaison

(Current BOD Term: 03/2017 – 03/2020)

Board Member Since: 2014

Andy Nickodem

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Betsy has been in the solid waste management field for over 20 years.  She is a senior civil engineer/project manager with SCS Engineers.  She has worked with private and public sectors on landfill design, permitting and construction; C&D and yard waste management; and composting operations.  Betsy has recently worked with other solid waste colleagues on a WDNR alternative capping group subcommittee.  She is very interested in using education and outreach as a means of increasing the quality of recycling and diverting materials from landfills into productive use.  Her interest in recycling and waste reduction stems from unspoken lessons learned from her parents and a desire to make a difference.  Betsy is a member of AROW and SWANA. 

bpowers@scsengineers.com

(Current BOD Term: 04/2018 - 03/2021)

Board Member Since: 2018

Betsy Powers

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Jason has been working with Dynamic Recycling for 3 years, diverting end of life electronics from the landfills and directing the commodities back into the raw material streams.   Dynamic Recycling has been growing exponentially in Wisconsin and the Midwest, and has been involved in electronics recycling and reuse since 2007.


Jason's experience in the e-waste industry will provide AROW with  direct insight into the industry by shedding light on challenges and successes.  Dynamic Recycling has a global footprint providing e-waste recycling for over 10 countries.  They have two locations one in Wisconsin, and another in Tennessee.  Jason's unique position of working with state government, collectors, recyclers, as well as OEM’s, allows him to understand the perspectives for each of the stakeholders involved in e-waste recycling industry.

jschott@dynamicrecycling.com

(Current BOD Term: 04/2017 - 03/2020)

Board Member Since: 2016

Jason Schott

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Jennifer is the Waste Reduction and Diversion Coordinator for the WI Department of Natural Resources.  Prior to joining the DNR in 2016, Jennifer worked for nearly 17 years as the Recycling Specialist for Winnebago County Solid Waste. Jennifer also served as past President, VP and Treasurer of AROW and is presently the Vice-Chair of the AROW Product Stewardship and Community Education & Marketing Committees.  In addition, Jennifer is on the Board of Directors of the national Product Stewardship Institute (PSI), serving on the Finance Committee and Executive Committee as Clerk, and is the proud recipient of the 2013 Christy Dixon Recycler of the Year Award.

As the statewide recycling coordinator, Jennifer brings her perspective, skills and experience to the statewide work of AROW. There are a number of areas of collaboration between the DNR and AROW, including joint work on education and outreach, food and organics management, product stewardship and more.  Further, she works frequently with national groups and organizations such as the Recycling Partnership, PSI, EPA Region 5, Midwest Market Development and other states and hopes AROW can benefit from that involvement.  

jennifer.semrau@wisconsin.gov

(Current BOD Term: 04/2019 - 03/2022)

Board Member Since: 2019

Jennifer Semrau

 

AROW Committees

 

Special Projects

Recycle Right Wisconsin
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Although every Wisconsin community recycles paper, cans and bottles, recycling requirements still vary across the state. This might cause confusion, but by knowing who to ask for clarifications you can rest assured that you are recycling right.

 

If you have a landlord, be sure to ask their process. If you are in a house, call your local recycling authority to find out what materials can be recycled and how to prepare them for collection or drop off. 

Glass Taskforce

Taskforce Mission, Goals, Objectives, and Recommendations

The AROW Glass Taskforce mission was to research, evaluate and prepare recommendations on market-based, technical and regulatory solutions along with implementation strategies for container glass recycling in Wisconsin. 

 

The goals and objectives included:

  • Research, understand, and present industry standards and specifications for glass grades.

    • Compare quality/quantity desired versus quality/quantity available.

    • Determine technological options to meet end-market specifications.

  • Evaluate beneficial reuse options for mixed container glass.

    • Review and report on cullet and non-cullet recycling and beneficial use options.

  • Evaluate current and identify potential end-markets.

    • Determine possible solutions with funding/grants.

    • Discuss options for additional research in collaboration with University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Center for By-Product Utilization.

  • Research and summarize state and national glass recycling programs, markets and beneficial reuse to support taskforce recommendations.

    • Review and report on collection and source separation, bottle bills, mandatory recycling, end-   markets,landfill uses, aggregate and all other relevant programs.

    • Summarize results, environmental impacts, and relevant regulations.

  • Develop recommendations with strategies and regulatory/statutory requirements.

 

Glass Taskforce Recommendations - Click Here

 

November 28, 2016 Press Release - Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin (AROW) Recommend Actions to Improve Glass Recycling

Wisconsin Integrated Resource Management Conference (WIRMC)

Learn from industry-changing thinkers and innovators in the Solid Waste & Recycling community
 

The Wisconsin Integrated Resource Management Conference is jointly hosted by the Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin (AROW), the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) - Badger Chapter, and the Wisconsin Counties Solid Waste Managers Association (WCSWMA).

 

This partnership has allowed professionals from all aspects of the solid waste & recycling industry to collaborate and learn from one another.

Join us as a sponsor, a presenter, an exhibitor, or an attendee. No matter how you attend you don't want to miss Wisconsin's premier solid waste & recycling conference!

Into The Outdoors:
Becoming Stewards Project
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In collaboration with the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) - Badger Chapter and the Wisconsin Counties Solid Waste Management Association (WCSWMA), we are excited to bring you a new edition of the award-winning educational series Into The Outdoors. "Becoming Stewards: Uncovering the Solid Waste Story."

 

This video raises awareness of the solid waste industry within Wisconsin. Click on the button below to view!

FORWD - The Future of Wisconsin's Recycling Development

In an effort to improve the quantity and quality of recyclable materials from residential, commercial, institutional and industrial sources, any revised statute or regulation should reflect waste generation trends, encourage innovation, allow adaptability to a changing marketplace, reward performance through accountability measures and maximize the amount o f materials diverted to productive use.

Numerous AROW Members served on the original committee. 

Click the button below for the final report.