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! 

 

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.

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