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November 24, 2015

MADISON - Eleven communities and organizations with outstanding recycling efforts in 2014 received state recognition thorough the Department of Natural Resources Recycling Excellence Awards program.

The DNR gives annual recycling awards for achievements in four categories: Projects and Initiatives, Overall Program and Special Events and Innovation.

"Recycling has long been a priority for Wisconsin communities and a shared value for Wisconsin's citizens. These awards provide us with an opportunity to tell the stories and share the innovative and effective approaches local programs develop to meet the needs of their individual communities" said Ann Coakley, Waste and Materials Management Program director.

The town of Cedarburg and city of Thorp earned the Projects and Initiatives Award for successfully increasing recycling in those communities through program improvements and concentrated education and outreach.

The village of Paddock Lake and cities of La Crosse, Onalaska and Middleton received the Overall Program Award recognizing the communities' ongoing commitment to provide expanded recycling services coupled with strong education and outreach efforts.

The town of Metomen in Fond du Lac County and city of Rice Lake in Barron County received the award for Special Events. These municipalities increased opportunities for away-from-home recycling and for offering opportunities to recycle items that cannot be collected curbside.

The Innovation Award was presented to the city of Milwaukee, Waukesha County and the Clean Green Action Organization in Wood, Portage and Adams counties for their collaborative efforts to expand recycling services while providing cost savings to their communities.

More information on the awards program can be found by searching "Recycling Excellence Awards" on the DNR website,, or by contacting the DNR's Angela Carey.

Last Revised: Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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