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DNR Recycling Excellence Awards celebrate Wisconsin recyclers on America Recycles Day
Contact(s): Jennifer Semrau, DNR Waste & Materials Management Program, 608-267-7550
November 13, 2018
MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources congratulates ten recycling programs, businesses and organizations for winning a 2018 Wisconsin Recycling Excellence Award.
In honor of America Recycles Day on Nov. 15, the award recognizes four categories of excellence: Projects and Initiatives, Overall Program, Special Events and Innovation.
"It is an honor to recognize these programs for their waste diversion achievements in conjunction with America Recycles Day" said Joe Van Rossum, Waste and Materials Management Program director.
Projects and Initiatives Award winners are recognized for a specific project that increases materials recycled or diverted through a specific action or project.
- The Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin conducted statewide recycling education by developing social media campaigns for Earth Day and America Recycles Day (2017) and revamping their website (RecycleMoreWisconsin), with measurable increases in participation.
- Eagle River Elementary School started and operates a school recycling program, encouraged three other schools to recycle too and also collects other unique recyclables like bottle caps, markers, and juice pouches and donates the proceeds to local environmental non-profits.
- Eau Claire County Recycling Division created a new, interactive online Recycling & Disposal Guide and updated their website and are seeing more residents using these tools.
- The Milwaukee Zoological Gardens receives an Honorable Mention for beginning a new initiative to divert their herbivore waste from a landfill to a local composting company.
The Overall Program Award recognizes efforts that are robust and constantly improving, while demonstrating a commitment to improve the overall recycling or diversion program.
- Badger Materials and Partners Wolf, MCC and Tri-county provide four collection and processing facilities around the state for recycling shingles. They focus on education to ensure quality feedstocks for this challenging material.
- The City of West Allis Department of Public Works began single-stream recycling for all residents with an elaborate and comprehensive communications plan, designed to overcome anticipated obstacles using a variety of methods and increased the amount of recycling collected by 50 per cent.
- The Village of Weston formed a committee to improve recycling, created and mailed Refuse and Recycling Guidelines, started single-stream recycling, conducted unique waste audits, and held a contest with prizes in honor of America Recycles Day.
The Special Events Award honors providing effective recycling at special events for the first time or by expanding existing programs.
- Hilltopper Refuse & Recycling Services, Inc. (Onalaska) expanded special events recycling in the Seven Rivers Region by hiring a new employee who organized recycling for special events with an emphasis on educating staff, event organizers and attendees.
The Innovation Award recognizes programs that demonstrate unique and innovative approaches to recycling.
- The Helfenstein Soup Council (Green Bay) focuses recycling on reuse by holding workshops and other events on a wide variety of creative and fun ways to reuse materials that would otherwise be considered trash for functional, artistic ends that enhance people's lives, including clothing, homes and gardens.
- The Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use collaborated with partners to develop an interactive, creative hands-on recycling exhibit at Retzer Environmental Learning Center, as well as a comprehensive K-12 environmental education curriculum with Waukesha School District and Carroll University.
More information on the awards program is available on the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, by searching "Recycling Excellence Awards" or contacting Jennifer Semrau at Jennifer.Semrau@Wisconsin.gov or 608-267-7550. For more information on recycling in Wisconsin search keyword "recycling."
Last Revised: Tuesday, November 13, 2018