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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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.

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.


EPA seeks Environmental Education grant proposals

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Education Grants Program provides financial support for projects that design, demonstrate and⁄or spread environmental education practices, methods or techniques. Local grant proposals submitted for the 2015 grant cycle must be postmarked by March 6.

EPA Environmental Education Grant Solicitation Notice [exit DNR]

Policy news

E-Cycle Wisconsin 2014 report available

The DNR's annual report on the implementation of Wisconsin's electronics recycling law is now available online. The report includes results from the most recent program year, along with a discussion of challenges and options for addressing challenges.

Recycling news

Residence halls join initiative to keep plastic out of landfills

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has collected 1,600 pounds of recyclable plastic film and diverted it from landfills as part of its involvement in the Wisconsin Wrap Recycling Action Program.

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Recycling items in Waukesha County is now easier

With increased financial incentives and larger bins, Waukesha County residents are making recycling easier and lowering overall trash collection fees.

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Outagamie, Brown and Winnebago county recycling generates large profits

The 97,000 tons of materials recycled at Outagamie County's Tri-County Recycling Facility generated almost $10 million of gross profit in 2014.

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Manitowoc County Shingle Recycling Site closes

After diverting over 4,400 tons of shingles from the landfill and saving customers an estimated $70,000, the Manitowoc County Shingle Recycling Site has closed due to a recent decrease in the amount of shingles being delivered.

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Neenah electronics recycler joins Green Tier program

R3NEW, a Neenah electronics recycler, has joined the DNR's Green Tier program with its efforts to stop the flow of recyclable electronic components out of Wisconsin and create recycling jobs in the Fox Valley area.

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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: Outagamie County's public place recycling

Outagamie County, Wisconsin city logoSometimes the most important steps a community can take to boost recycling efficiency are the simplest ones, like placing recycling bins next to all trash bins and clearly labeling bins in public places. The Recycling & Solid Waste staff in Outagamie County has improved recycling efforts by simply keeping an eye out in the community, finding locations without clearly marked bins and helping local businesses make those recycling containers more visible.

Wisconsin's recycling laws require malls, convenience stores and all other businesses to provide recycling containers for their clients and customers. In Outagamie County, the Tri-County Recycling Facility makes recycling collection easy for businesses and residents by allowing them to collect recyclable paper, glass, metal and plastic containers in the same bins. However, this single-stream process works best when recycling bins in public places are easy to locate and clearly distinguished from trash bins nearby.

With this point in mind, Outagamie County Recycling & Solid Waste launched a public effort to "Recycle Here, Recycle Everywhere" in the county's public places. Staff contacted Appleton's Fox River Mall and helped the mall set up single-stream recycling bins in the main corridors and food court area. The staff also worked with Moto Mart convenience stores in the county to place recycling containers at the pumps and near the entrance doors.

In both cases, the recycling programs have proven successful. Both the mall and the convenience store sites now collect more recyclable materials with less contamination from trash and non-recyclables going into the wrong bin.

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


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.

Video helps explain paper recycling

A new Web page and animated video from the American Forest & Paper Association explains what paper products are recyclable and how consumers can help improve paper recycling quantity and quality.

Aluminum recycling trivia included in Recycling Tidbits

The latest issue of Dunn County's Recycling Tidbits newsletter is full of interesting facts about aluminum and aluminum recycling.

YouTube video series describes benefits of scrap recycling

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has produced a series of short videos describing the economic and environmental benefits of scrap recycling. The videos are also available through links on the DNR recycling outreach Web page.

E-cycling guide for RUs and local governments online

A new guide from the DNR provides recycling responsible units and other local governments information on electronics recycling outreach and collection options.

Streaming webinar provides green products and services buying guide

The U.S. General Services Administration's "Buy Green Products and Services" webinar is now available online and viewable at any time.

Best management practices guides for electronic & universal waste now online

Print versions of the DNR's Collector Best Management Practices for electronic waste are now online.


Upcoming recycling webinars, workshops and conferences

Event: Green Cleaning Workshop
Date & time: March 5, 2 p.m.
Location: Brookfield Public Library
Sponsors: Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use
Registration: No registration needed

Event: Clean Water, Healthy Lawn Workshop
Date & time: March 9, 6:30 p.m.
Location: Alice Baker Library in Eagle
Sponsors: Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use
Registration: No registration needed

Event: Green Cleaning Workshop
Date & time: March 10, 6:30 p.m.
Location: Mukwonago Community Library
Sponsors: Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use
Registration: No registration needed

Event: Green Cleaning Workshop
Date & time: March 12, 7 p.m.
Location: Menomonee Falls Public Library
Sponsors: Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use
Registration: No registration needed

Event: Wisconsin Master Composter Program
Date & time: March 21
Location: Ashland⁄Bayfield County
Sponsors: Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center
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]

Last revised: Monday February 23 2015