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. Recycling Updates is also an email subscription service, with emails sent about once per month.

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DNR 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, flier or other materials. The most recent releases are listed below.

Grants

Recycling Excellence Awards 2015 nomination period starts in June

From June 1 to Aug. 15, the Wisconsin DNR will be accepting 2015 nominations for its annual Recycling Excellence Awards. The award program celebrates the outstanding recycling efforts of both large and small communities and organizations throughout the state. Any recycling responsible unit or organization can nominate itself or submit a nomination on another program’s behalf.

More information on the Recycling Excellence Awards can be found by searching “recycling excellence awards” on the DNR website or by contacting Angela Carey by email or at 608-266-6965.

Policy news

No recent policy updates to report

There are no recent policy updates at the time. Please check back at a future date.

Recycling news

Brown County Resource Recovery unveils new logo

A new logo is helping Brown County Resource Recovery spread word about its efforts in curbside recycling, e-cycling, food waste collection, shingles recycling, household hazardous waste collection, construction and demolition recycling, and more.

Read the full story at Recycle More Wisconsin [exit DNR]

Recycling crumpled paper is a matter of the mind

Cognitive studies suggest that our brains aren’t categorizing crumpled balls of paper as recyclable and that improving recycling signs can help fix the problem.

Read the full story from The Washington Post [exit DNR]

Advanced Disposal purchases Beloit-based hauler

Advanced Disposal has purchased Beloit-based waste and recycling hauler Rock Disposal Inc.

Read the full story from Waste360.com [exit DNR]

Asphalt shingle recycling is a growing industry

There are more and easier ways to recycle asphalt shingles today than there were even a few years ago.

Read the full story from WXOW.com [exit DNR]

Racine students learn how to reduce, reuse and recycle

Students at Janes Year-Round Elementary School participated in a six-week study unit on creative ways to reduce waste in the community.

Read the full story from The Journal Times [exit DNR]

Eagle Waste & Recycling is growing strong

Eagle River's Eagle Waste & Recycling has been growing steadily for 10 years with a focus on improving efficiency, enhancing recycling and making every area they serve a long-term business partner.

Read the full story from The Star Journal [exit DNR]

Read the feature in the April issue of Waste Advantage Magazine [exit DNR]

Wauwatosa finding ways to reduce waste and waste disposal costs

By tracing the path of its waste and reflecting on waste disposal history, Wauwatosa is finding new ways to reduce costs by recycling and diverting waste from landfills.

Read the full story at WauwatosaNow.com [exit DNR]

UW-Oshkosh implements single stream recycling system

The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Sustainability Office has made recycling on campus easier for students, staff and visitors with a new single stream collection system.

Read the full story at AdvanceTitan.com [exit DNR]

Community spotlight

Recycling Updates Community Spotlight

The Community Spotlight recognizes innovative and exciting recycling and waste reduction efforts by local and tribal governments, businesses and other groups in Wisconsin.

Spotlight on: the village of Bayside’s Clean Up Days

Several dozen paint and solvent cans
At some Bayside Clean Up Day events, residents could deliver their used paint and solvent cans.

Despite being the second-smallest municipality in Milwaukee County, a series of collection events has led to big recycling numbers in the village of Bayside. In 2014, the people of Bayside collected 606 tons of recyclable material, which is roughly an average of 5.4 pounds per resident each week.

Village Manager Andy Pederson attributes much of this success to village-wide “Clean Up Days” scheduled throughout the year. During Clean Up Days, residents are able to bring items for recycling and disposal to one convenient drop-off location. There, vendors like Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill, Verlo Mattresses, Batteries and Bulbs, Dream Bikes, SecurX and others come together at the same place and time to ensure the items are properly reused, recycled or otherwise handled.

While 2014 was only the sixth year of Clean Up Days in Bayside, the events have already collected more than a million pounds of materials. Meanwhile, the village has saved more than $35,000 in landfill fees and increased its recycling diversion by more than 11 percent in less than 10 years.

To participate in Clean Up Days, residents need only make a donation. Pederson notes that in 2013, for instance, “approximately 4,500 pounds of food was donated to the Hunger Task Force and $3,731 went to local charities, including Make-A-Wish, the MACC Fund, the Red Cross and a Bayside family who suffered a house fire.”

Yellow collection bin with old furniture piled nearby
Having large collection bins on-site helped Bayside Clean Up Day workers to easily sort the collected materials.

In addition to Clean Up Days, Bayside residents can bring certain items to Bayside’s Village Hall for recycling and proper disposal. These items include batteries, light bulbs, fluorescent tubes, printer cartridges, cell phones and electronics.

In 2014, Bayside residents at Clean Up Days and Village Hall collected, recycled and disposed of:

  • 11,883 pounds of electronics;
  • 57 mattresses/box springs;
  • 17 car batteries;
  • 8,225 pounds of paper for shredding;
  • 187 cell phones;
  • 667 ink cartridges;
  • 844 light bulbs and fluorescent tubes;
  • 52 bikes for donation to DreamBikes;
  • 76 pairs of shoes;
  • 6 trailers of donations for Goodwill; and
  • 589 pounds of textiles for Better Earth Textile Recycling.

For its work, the village of Bayside was recognized with a 2014 DNR Excellence in Wisconsin Recycling award in the Overall Program category.

Education/outreach

Curbside collection fact sheet now online

The UW-Extension Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center has produced a fact sheet resource on the various available options for curbside collection of recyclable materials.

Brush collection service provider directory updated

In time for spring yard projects and storm cleanup, the UW-Extension Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center has updated its list of contractors who provide mobile grinding, screening and crushing services in Wisconsin.

Report details changing aspects of curbside recycling

The American Chemistry Council has compiled a report on recent changes to the mix of materials commonly collected in curbside recycling carts. The report analyzes how those changes have affected recycling infrastructure and how recycling industry is adapting.

U.S. EPA helps classrooms and community groups reduce, reuse and recycle

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides many online links, activities and resources for teaching about reduction, reuse and recycling.

Home and garden waste reduction tips from U.S. EPA online

As the spring cleaning and gardening season approaches, families around Wisconsin can use waste reduction tips from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center provides overview for stakeholders

The UW-Extension’s Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center overview, compiled in 2014, explains the many services SHWEC provides to serve Wisconsin stakeholders and meet stakeholder needs.

Program guide for public space recycling now available

Keep America Beautiful has compiled a detailed guide to help promote and improve recycling efforts in public places, businesses and other public facilities.

Food waste reduction toolkit online

The Food Waste Reduction Alliance has published a free booklet on best practices for food waste reduction in restaurants and retail environments.

Trainings

Upcoming recycling webinars, workshops and conferences

Event: Rain Gardens & Rain Barrels Workshop
Date & time: April 18, 11 a.m.
Location: Poplar Creek Gardens in New Berlin
Sponsors: Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use
Registration: No registration needed

Event: Animal Mortality Composting
Date & time: April 21, 1:30 to 2:45 p.m.
Location: Online
Sponsors: National Recycling Coalition
Registration: Register online [exit DNR]

Event: Clean Water, Healthy Lawn Workshop
Date & time: April 22, 7 p.m.
Location: Waukesha Public Library
Sponsors: Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use
Registration: No registration needed

Event: Life Cycle Analyses and Redesign for Sustainable Materials Management, Recyclers Guide to Understanding SMM, Part III
Date & time: April 23, 1 to 2 p.m.
Location: Online
Sponsors: National Recycling Coalition
Registration: Register online [exit DNR]

Event: Home Composting Workshop
Date & time: April 23, 6:30 p.m.
Location: Poplar Creek Gardens in New Berlin
Sponsors: Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use
Registration: No registration needed

Event: How NRC Policies and Principles Support Sustainable Materials Management (SMM), Recyclers Guide to Understanding SMM, Part IV
Date & time: April 29, 1 to 2 p.m.
Location: Online
Sponsors: National Recycling Coalition
Registration: Register online [exit DNR]

Event: Air & Waste Management Association Lake Michigan States Section Annual Conference: Difficult to Manage Waste Streams
Date & time: April 30, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Oak Brook, IL
Sponsors: Air & Waste Management Association Lake Michigan States Section
Registration: Register online [exit DNR]

Event: Wisconsin Master Composter Program
Date & time: May 2
Location: Waukesha County
Sponsors: Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center
Registration: Register online [exit DNR]

Event: Clean Water, Healthy Lawn Workshop
Date & time: May 5, 7 p.m.
Location: Muskego Public Library
Sponsors: Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use
Registration: No registration needed

Event: Rain Gardens & Rain Barrels Workshop
Date & time: May 6, 6:30 p.m.
Location: Delafield Public Library
Sponsors: Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use
Registration: No registration needed

Event: Home Composting Workshop
Date & time: May 9, 10 a.m.
Location: Retzer Nature Center in Waukesha
Sponsors: Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use
Registration: No registration needed

Event: Clean Water, Healthy Lawn Workshop
Date & time: May 12, 6:30 p.m.
Location: Mukwonago Public Library
Sponsors: Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use
Registration: No registration needed

Event: Home Composting Workshop
Date & time: May 12, 6:30 p.m.
Location: Pewaukee Public Library
Sponsors: Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use
Registration: No registration needed

Event: Clean Water, Healthy Lawn Workshop
Date & time: May 13, 4 p.m.
Location: Delafield Public Library
Sponsors: Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use
Registration: No registration needed

Event: Clean Water, Healthy Lawn Workshop
Date & time: May 14, 6:30 p.m.
Location: Poplar Creek Gardens in New Berlin
Sponsors: Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use
Registration: No registration needed

Event: Webinar: Carpet Recycling
Date & time: May 19, 12 to 1:45 p.m.
Location: Online
Sponsors: National Recycling Coalition
Registration: Register online [exit DNR]

Event: 2015 Midwest Extension Compost School
Date & time: June 2-4
Location: Lake County, IL
Sponsors: University of Illinois Extension
Registration: Register online [exit DNR]

Last revised: Wednesday April 15 2015