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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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.


2015 Clean Sweep grant applications now available

Counties, cities, towns, tribes, regional planning commissions and sanitary districts can now apply for 2015 Wisconsin Clean Sweep grants. The grants reimburse eligible expenses for the collection, disposal and, when possible, recycling of agricultural pesticides, household hazardous waste or unwanted prescription drugs. Grants range from $2,000 to $18,000. Completed applications are due to the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection on Sept. 26, 2014. Awards will be announced on or before Nov. 28.

For application, guidelines and supporting materials, visit DATCP's Clean Sweep page [exit DNR].

EPA Small Business Innovation Research Grant enters Phase I

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Small Business Innovation Research program funds research resulting in new commercial products, processes and services that protect the environment and benefit the public. This year, the EPA will award $2 million for projects that focus on food waste diversion and conversion, demolition materials recycling and more. Solicitation of proposals ends on Sept. 11.

For more information, visit the EPA website [exit DNR].

Closed Loop Fund supports curbside recycling

The Walmart Foundation and industry partners have launched a $100 million program to fund standard curbside recycling of glass, plastic, paper, organics, some e-waste and textiles. The fund provides zero interest loans to help local agencies purchase recycling receptacles and build recycling infrastructure.

See more details about the fund [PDF exit DNR].

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].

Policy updates

Automotive battery recycling law updated

Starting in 2014, retailers must charge a deposit of $10 on the sale of any automotive type replacement battery and must refund the deposit if the customer returns with a used battery. Customers may be charged a fee of up to $3 for collection if they bring in a used battery without purchasing a new one.

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

Wrap Recycling Action Program expands statewide

The Wisconsin WRAP initiative is encouraging consumers, local governments, retailers and other local businesses to increase plastic bag and film recycling.

Read the full story in Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine

Brown County to launch food waste recycling initiative

Brown County is seeking 100 households to join an initiative to reduce food waste in landfills and increase local composting.

Read the full story at Fox 11 [exit DNR]

DNR recycling newsletter merges with Recycling Updates

The DNR is consolidating its recycling newsletter, The ReSource, with the more timely and Web-based Recycling Updates. Starting this summer, the tips and stories previously circulated in the newsletter will be available as part of Recycling Updates. The ReSource newsletter and its mailing list will be discontinued.

Education & outreach

EPA releases Waste Reduction Model, Version 13

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has updated WARM, its online Waste Reduction Model. This model allows decision makers to compare life-cycle greenhouse gas and energy implications for various materials management options or common municipal solid waste materials.

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).

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: Recycling Grocery Rigid Plastics - Continued Progress
Date & time: Sept. 23, 12 to 1:15 p.m.
Location: Online
Sponsors: Association of Post-Consumer Plastics Recyclers
Registration: Register online [exit DNR]

Event: NEWCMG/WCSWMA Fall Conference
Date & time: Sept. 24 & 25
Location: Waupaca
Sponsors: Northeast Wisconsin Cooperative Marketing Group and Wisconsin Counties Solid Waste Management Association
Registration: Register online [PDF exit DNR]

Event: EPR as a Solution to Illegal Tire Dumping
Date & time: Sept. 30, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Online
Sponsors: Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection
Registration: Register online [exit DNR]

Last revised: Thursday August 28 2014