According to a recent study by the Be SMART Coalition, ~ most area residents consider themselves ‘sometimes’ or ‘always’ recyclers. Most residents say that they recycle because they want to:
- Save resources. For each aluminum can you recycle, the energy saved is enough to power a TV for 4 hours!
- Save landfill space.
- Save tax dollars.
Help spread the word that recycling is a great thing to do for your community and the environment! Make sure you recycle everything that you can!
To access various recycling reports, please click on the "Recycling" link, under the "Public Works Links" menu on the right.
FYI - the following electronic items are banned from Wisconsin landfills: televisions, cell phones, computers – desktop, laptop, notebook, tablet, computer monitors, computer keyboards and mice, computer scanners, computer speakers, desktop printers (including those that fax and scan), DVD players, VCRs, DVRs and all other video players, external hard drives, fax machines, flash drives/USBs and other items that plug into a computer. In addition, these electronics will not be picked up by the city’s contracted disposal service.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Waste and Materials Management program offers 12 simple tips everyone can take to reduce their waste.
Composting makes sense. Instead of sending useful organic matter to a landfill (which in many states has been outlawed), it can be transformed into a useful additive for the soil.
Composting is easy. Compost can be used for a variety of gardening projects. It can enrich gardens, improve the soil around trees and shrubs, and be used as a soil additive for house plants and planter boxes. Compost can enhance soil texture, increase the ability of the soil to absorb air and water, suppress weed growth, decrease erosion, and reduce the need to apply chemical fertilizers.
- Farmers use compost for enhancing crops and for sod farms.
- Landscapers use compost as a soil amendment and for decorative purposes on private properties, golf courses, and athletic fields. Landscapers also use compost to cover landfills and carry out reclamation projects.
- Nurseries use compost for enhancing plant and forest seedling crops in reforestation projects.
- Public agencies use compost for landscaping highway median strips, parks, recreational areas, and other public property.