Recycling Updates

Recycling Updates is your source for up-to-date information on all that is new in recycling. Stay informed about recycling opportunities and resources, including grants, professional development, policy news and more. New updates and opportunities are posted as they become available.

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Recycling Updates is an email subscription service and web page run through the Department of Natural Resources. Subscribers come from around the state and represent recycling businesses, local governments, and individual citizens interested in recycling. We're always looking for interesting or timely information to share with our subscribers. Email Elisabeth Olson if you have an event, webinar or other information you'd like to share.

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News releases

News releases

Does your community publish a newsletter? Are you looking for free recycling outreach materials? The DNR's Waste and Materials Management Program puts out frequent news releases dealing with recycling in Wisconsin. These releases are free and available for you to use in your newsletter, flyer or other materials. The most recent releases are listed below.


Can’d Aid and Ball Foundation offer grants for event recycling

The Oskar Blues Brewery’s non-profit Can’d Aid Foundation is giving money to help organizations worldwide with their event recycling. They have partnered with the Ball Foundation and with consultants at ZeroHero to provide grantees with recycling tents that can hold containers for compost, recycling and waste. The grant covers the cost of bins and may even include the on-site help of a ZeroHero consultant.

For more information, or to apply, visit the Oskar Blues Foundation [exit DNR]

ShoeBox Recycling offers shoe recycling and fundraising program

Shoe recycling for reuse allows your group to participate in a great cause in a no-cost, feel-good way. ShoeBox Recycling will pay $.50 per pound for paired, secondhand shoes.

ShoeBox recycling fundraising program [exit DNR]

Policy updates

Cathode ray tube glass disposal guidance now available

A new DNR publication provides guidance on the steps necessary to gain approval for landfill disposal of processed cathode ray tube glass in Wisconsin. It also defines the eligibility of landfilled glass for manufacturer targets under the E-Cycle Wisconsin program.

Recycling news

Sheboygan County Fair Park ups its recycling efforts

Sheboygan County Fair Park will boost its recycling efforts by encouraging visitors to recycle plastic bottles and containers in repurposed 55-gallon soft drink syrup barrels.

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Sauk County helps residents make sense of alternative collection

Sauk County is taking the confusion out of recycling items like agricultural plastics, home appliances and other common items with easy-to-follow, up-to-date Web materials.

Milwaukee garden business creates new kind of compost

Brew City Gardens, an organic gardening and compost shop, is developing its own brand of bokashi compost that can ferment even meats and cheeses without strong odors.

Read the full story at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel [exit DNR]

Northern Wisconsin State Fair goes green

This year’s Northern Wisconsin State Fair in Chippewa Falls added an on-site recycling center, LED lighting and more efficient heating systems in an ongoing effort to create more sustainable fairgrounds.

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Council shows schools how to recycle more milk and juice cartons

A recent presentation by the Carton Council trade organization promoted new and easy ways to increase milk and juice carton recycling efforts in Wisconsin schools.

Read the full story at the Daily Union [exit DNR]

American Chemistry Council partners on plastic film recycling in Wisconsin

The American Chemistry Council is working with private and public organizations in Wisconsin to increase the recycling of commercial and consumer wraps and film.

Read the full story at [exit DNR]

Education & outreach

Recycling and waste reduction publications order form updated

Wisconsin residents can use the DNR publications order form to request free hard copies of DNR publications in single or bulk amounts.

Presentations from Wisconsin WRAP webinar

On May 20, 2014, DNR held a webinar on the Wisconsin WRAP plastic film recycling initiative. Webinar content is now available online.

Stickers available to show recycling pride

The DNR has several packs of “I Recycled Today” stickers available for order while supplies last. The green-and-white stickers come in packs of 100 and can be ordered by contacting Elisabeth Olson (608-264-9258).

UW-Extension’s “Summary of Recommendations for Recycling Campaigns”

Agents and specialists from the Community, Natural Resources and Economic Development program area of University of Wisconsin-Extension have prepared a summary of existing research on best practices for outreach campaigns to increase public recycling rates. Prepared originally for the Brown County Waste Advisory Board, UW-Extension is now distributing the document more broadly to benefit recycling and waste management professionals across the state to help them conduct more effective recycling programs in their communities.

The document can be found on the Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center website [exit DNR].

Crayola ColorCycle turns Crayola markers into energy

The Crayola Company's ColorCycle program will take back any Crayola markers and turn them into fuel. There is no cost to the program and shipping is free. Free shipping labels can be printed for any school that signs up.

For information and registration, visit Crayola ColorCycle [exit DNR].

2014 Green Masters Program application now open

The Green Masters Program is a free, points-based recognition program that enables Wisconsin businesses of all sizes and from all sectors to claim credit for sustainability initiatives. Developed by the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council and Wisconsin businesses, in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Green Masters Program highlights Wisconsin's sustainability leaders. Any business that has taken at least one action in nine key sustainability areas (energy, climate change, water, waste management, transportation, supply chain, community and educational outreach, and workforce and governance) is eligible to apply.

For more information and application materials, visit Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center news [exit DNR].


Upcoming recycling webinars, workshops and conferences

Event: Deconstruction Training Course
Date & time: July 30
Location: Chicago, IL
Sponsors: WasteCap Resource Solutions and Building Materials Reuse Association
Registration: Register online [exit DNR]

Event: Deconstruction Training Course
Date & time: August 20
Location: Milwaukee
Sponsors: WasteCap Resource Solutions and Building Materials Reuse Association
Registration: Register online [exit DNR]

Event: Promoting Recycling Behavior: What Works
Date & time: August 20, 1 to 2:15 p.m.
Location: Online
Sponsors: Keep America Beautiful
Registration: Register online [exit DNR]

Last revised: Friday July 25 2014