AROW Committees

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 focuses on developing and coordinating consistent recycling and waste reduction messages for the public as well as education resources and tools for members. The organization's statewide reach, in conjunction with state and local partners, ensures a comprehensive impact in Wisconsin.

AROW's Community Education priorities are:

  • Consistent media messages, education and public relations templates, communication plans, and online resources for members and AROW's strategic partners to implement locally.

  • A central repository and clearinghouse for already established education and outreach materials as well as guidance about development and implementation of best practices.

  • Training and professional development opportunities for industry educators.


Communications, Marketing & Education

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Our Emerging Leaders Program is designed for young working professionals and university students interested in reducing waste, recycling more and being a part of Wisconsin’s waste resource management industry.

As with many industries, the “graying” of the waste resource management industry has veteran professionals looking to ways to cultivate the next generation of professionals. We feel that the Emerging Leaders Program will not only serve to bring new energy to the industry, but more importantly, will provide opportunities for young people wishing to embark upon a rewarding career in recycling, waste reduction and sustainable materials management.

Key points of the Emerging Leaders Program:

  • Greatly reduced Membership Fee (if applicable)

  • A mentoring program-partnering Emerging Leaders with experienced professionals

  • A designated listserve that connects all Emerging Leaders

  • Ability for Emerging Leaders to participate in all AROW advisory committees

  • Possible social & professional development activities


Emerging Leaders


AROW works to decrease the amount of improperly managed hazardous and special wastes in Wisconsin by promoting reduction, reuse and recycling. These efforts contribute to environmental protection and natural resource preservation throughout the state.


AROW's Hazardous and Special Waste priorities are:

  • Creating awareness about hazardous and special wastes;

  • Connecting with groups conducting hazardous or special waste research;

  • Evaluating legislative issues that may impact the management of hazardous and special waste;

  • Monitoring potential funding opportunities for management of hazardous and special waste

Mission & Goals - The Hazardous & Special Waste Committee is a platform to discuss and research operational, budget, safety and resource recovery issues associated with managing hazardous, universal, and special waste collection programs.  This committee looks to address these topics and more as they benefit the AROW member community. 


Hazardous & Special Waste


AROW's Government Affairs Committee, made up of AROW members, advises and guides AROW's advocacy initiatives. The group is charged with:

  • Developing an advocacy prioritization matrix;

  • Summarizing AROW's current policies and positions;

  • Developing a mechanism by which to develop AROW's position on policies;

  • Identify current/proposed policies that require AROW's input


Government Affairs


AROW's Organics and Compositing Committee, made up of AROW members, advises and guides the organization's organics and composting programming and collaborates on:

  • Creating awareness about the value of organics;

  • Collaborating with groups, businesses and agencies to promote the use and diversion of organics;

  • Evaluating legislative issues that may impact the management of compost and the additional diversion of organics from landfills in Wisconsin.



Organics & Food Residuals


AROW promotes the principles of Product Stewardship to shift how products are managed in Wisconsin's communities at the end of their useful lives. By working together, producers, consumers and government can achieve sustainable solutions.

Product stewardship is a product-centered approach to environmental protection that calls on those in the product life cycle - designers, manufacturers, retailers, and consumers - to assume primary responsibility for minimizing the product's environmental impact through all stages of the product's life cycle and for paying the costs of managing the product at the end of its useful life.


AROW's Product Stewardship priorities are:

  • To influence and support current product stewardship initiatives and legislation

  • Develop framework product stewardship policy for AROW

  • Educate members and their superiors regarding product stewardship initiatives

  • Identify/shape product stewardship legislative priorities for WI



Product Stewardship


Will bring value to AROW members by teasing out the various aspects and complications of public place recycling and creating resources that will help AROW and its members recycle more, reduce waste and create a better management system for recyclables generated away from home.


Public Place Recycling


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