About Me

So it seems as though every time I move there are different rules, processes, and hoops to jump through with what I can, should, and do recycle. (Which with going to college, getting my first place, and then getting married – well lets just say I have moved a lot recently) Until 2007 I just guessed what I was doing was right and figured if I was wrong that it didn’t matter all that much. After all, who am I, Captain Planet?  But then I got a job in the recycling field and learning about the impacts of my simple actions really changed my mind. I spent too many years of my life and way too much of my money getting a teaching degree so I could change the world and affect the future. Well, here was one more way for me to accomplish that larger goal.  So slowly I have been learning how important it is to change my habits in little ways to make a big difference. I hope to share some things I have done as well as why I have done them while encouraging others to make little changes as well. Since I am new to this whole green thing I also appreciate your support and ideas because if we all make a few little and local actions, we can make a global difference.

Last year 25 communities in Waukesha County recycled around 24,000 tons of materials. But why? The easy answer is that recycling is the law in Wisconsin, but that is just part of the story.  Something motivates us towards action.  I hope to share lots of information coupled with ideas on how to make easy, little changes that will have a big impact and affect the world around us all.  Also, for more information on why recycling is different in different communities or states, read my post about the legalities of recycling.

Despite the picture, I am not a six foot tall raccoon, but trust me the raccoon’s picture is a lot cuter than any I could find of myself. And it is really hard to type with those claws. The Waukesha County Recycling team and I look forward to your questions and comments.

recycle more,
Recycle Raccoon


4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. ReJAVAnate  |  December 24, 2008 at 10:16 am

    I wanted to introduce you to our ReJAVAnate reusable bag program because it is unique and we think it is a really good story!

    1). We take burlap from coffee roasters that would be otherwise sent to landfill,
    2). Work with The ARC which serves individuals with developmental disabilities to hand make the bags,
    3). A better way for individuals and organizations who want to make a statement about reducing paper and plastic bag consumption.

    I think you will find the ReJAVAnate story is one of the most compelling sustainability stories you will find – our material, who makes the bags, where they are made and that the bags are completely biodegradable – much better than the usual reusable bags made from polypropylene in China!

    You should also check out our sister company BuyGreen.com

  • 2. Kamal Kumawat  |  July 29, 2010 at 5:47 am

    Lead Acid Battery Recycling

  • 3. Nerissa  |  January 18, 2011 at 11:02 am


    Seeing that you’re a green advocate (and blogger) I wanted to reach out and see if you were interested in an article that I recently have written. It’s on the Olympics and the steps they’re taking to go green and decrease the environmental impact that it has. .

    I’m looking to spread awareness of the fact that even though the Olympic Games are fantastic and unifying, they are it’s quite a carbon-rich event and are not that environmentally sound. I think you and your readers of (https://recycleraccoon.wordpress.com ) will find it a unique topic and a fun read.

  • 4. Alex  |  July 19, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Hi there,

    My name is Alex and I have recently become very interested in your blog.

    I’m a part of a green company that offers bottleless, filtration-enabled water coolers, that are healthier and cost effective alternatives to traditional office bottled water coolers. At Quench we are dedicated to ridding the world of bottled water. Feel free to check out our blog for more information: http://blog.quenchonline.com/

    Let me know if you would like to get involved with our goal of freedom from bottled water.

    Thanks, looking forward to your response!


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