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PILOT PROGRAM RECOGNIZES LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND TRIBES FOR OUTSTANDING RECYCLING EFFORTS

November 25, 2013

MADISON - A new pilot program from the Department of Natural Resources has recognized 50 local governments and the Ho-Chunk Nation for their superior recycling efforts in Wisconsin.

The agency's "Recycling Excellence Awards" pilot focuses on towns, villages, cities, counties and tribes in the west and south central parts of the state, with the goal of encouraging and rewarding communities doing great recycling work while driving friendly competition to improve their programs.

"This program was designed to increase communities' interest in recycling and offer a positive experience for our state recycling program," said Ann Coakley, Waste and Materials Management Program director.

The department handed out awards to 29 local governments in the south central part of the state, 21 in the west central area and one to the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin. The majority of the awards were based on 2012 annual reporting data.

Pending feedback from this year's pilot, Coakley added that the agency will consider expanding the program to the entire state when the DNR hands out awards in 2014.

Recycling Champion Award

For communities having the highest recycling rate achieved over the past three years.

Recycling Rate Leader

For communities having the highest pounds per capita collected in 2012.

Most Improved Recycling Rate Over Previous Year

For communities that improved the most in pounds per capita collected since 2011.

Most Improved Recycling Rate Over Three Years

For communities that improved the most in pounds per capita collected since 2009.

Lowest Collection Cost (per ton)

For communities having the lowest cost of recycling for each ton of material collected.

Lowest Collection Cost (per capita)

For communities having the lowest cost of recycling per person for a village, town, city, county or tribal community.

Enforcement Leadership Award

This award went to local governments or tribes that pursued and tracked enforcement actions. Enforcement actions could include citations, written warnings, verbal warnings, complaints, waste tagging and curbside inspections.

Program Efficiency Leader Award

For communities with the most cost effective recycling program per capita (based on cost of outreach and pounds collected).

The following two awards were based on nominations or self-nominations.

Excellence in Wisconsin Recycling - Project

This award went to local governments or tribes nominated for recycling projects/initiatives begun in 2012 that were above and beyond the minimum requirements for an effective recycling program.

Excellence in Wisconsin Recycling - Program

This award went to local governments or tribes nominated for recycling programs that exceeded DNR expectations and provided excellent service to their residents.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Waneta Kratz, 608-266-6965

Last Revised: Monday, November 25, 2013




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