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Carroll University Game Day Recycling Challenge

Waukesha (WI) – October 22, 2012 – The Game Day Challenge is coming to Waukesha on Saturday, November 3.  Carroll University, in collaboration with the Waukesha County recycling office, will participate in the event during the final Pioneers football game this season, against Beloit College.

 The goal of the friendly recycling challenge is to reduce the amount of garbage generated at the game and attempt to divert as much garbage as possible for recycling or composting.  The results of this event and the other universities participating nationwide will be posted on

 “Carroll is proud to be hosting this event for the first time in 2012,” said Sue Sazy, project coordinator at Carroll and the Green Team advisor. “We are hopeful this event will engage the student body and Carroll community as a whole to promote sustainability efforts on and off campus.”

 In addition to participating in the competition, Carroll University and Waukesha County hope to create an engaging atmosphere for the game, including green themes and promotions.  One lucky fan will even be picked from a drawing to win a brand new Trek bike, donated by Cyclesmith in Waukesha.

 Fans can come early to enjoy green related activities and giveaways at the pre-game green tailgate party inside Schneider Stadium.  During the game, fans will also see a green T-shirt toss and half-time race between the university mascot, Pio Pete, and the Waukesha County recycling mascot, Recycle Raccoon.

 “We are thrilled to collaborate with Carroll University for this green event.  Promoting recycling and waste reduction at the home football game is a great opportunity for us and the university,” said Rebecca Mattano, recycling and solid waste supervisor for Waukesha County.

 The Game Day Challenge is sponsored nationwide by the College and University Recycling Coalition, Keep America Beautiful, and Recycle Mania.

 Game time is 1:00 pm.  Adult tickets are $5, children are $3. Free admission for Carroll University students, with valid ID.


October 30, 2012 at 12:59 pm Leave a comment

Save Some Green while Greening your Environment

Waukesha County Recycling and Land Conservation Staff Speak at Local Chamber Event

Waukesha (WI) – September 25, 2012 – Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use staff, Meribeth Sullivan, Recycling Specialist, and Jayne Jenks, Conservation Specialist, will speak at the Pewaukee Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on October 10.  The presentation will focus on ways to save money and reduce waste through recycling, water conservation and properly managing storm water at your business and home! Guests will discover best practices for business recycling along with details about Waukesha County’s small business recycling assistance program.  Lastly, attendees can learn about best practices and planning for managing storm water runoff along with helpful water conservation tips.  The public is welcome and should attend if interested in saving money, reducing waste, getting new office recycling bins for their business, winning a compost bin, conserving and preserving our waters in Lake Country!

 The Pewaukee Chamber of Commerce Luncheon will be held on Wednesday October 10 from 11:00a.m.-1:00p.m. at the Butler Inn, 742 Glacier Road in Pewaukee. There is a fee of $15 for chamber members and $20 for guests.  All attendees must register online before October 5 at

September 26, 2012 at 8:03 am Leave a comment

FREE Workshop Teaches Eco-friendly Yard Care Methods

Don’t Rake or Burn – Turn Over a New Leaf

Waukesha (WI) – September 24, 2012 – Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use – Recycling and Solid Waste staff are offering a free workshop at Retzer Nature Center on Saturday October 6 from 10-11a.m. to help residents learn eco-friendly yard care methods that save time and money!  Join neighbors and friends in finding out how to handle large amounts of leaves this fall without burning or raking, piling, bagging or dragging. Residents will learn simple yard management techniques such as leaf composting and mulching leaves directly into the lawn.  These easy and efficient methods will improve the health of your lawn and air quality while saving time and money.  Call 262-548-7801 to register by October 5.

 For more information visit or call 262-896-8300.


September 24, 2012 at 11:17 am Leave a comment

One-Day Compost Bin Sale

Saturday, October 6 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Retzer Nature Center

Waukesha (WI) – September 24, 2012 – To encourage more residents to try backyard composting, Waukesha County recycling staff will hold a special one-day sale of compost bins on Saturday, October 6 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Retzer Nature Center, S14W28167 Madison Street, Waukesha. The Home Composter bin will sell for $45.00 on this day only.  Any additional bins left over from the sale will be available through Retzer’s gift shop for $55.00.   For more information on this special sale visit or call 262-896-8300.

 Composting helps nature recycle valuable nutrients back into the soil, reduces the need for chemical fertilizers and increases soil structure and productivity.  Compost also saves water by helping the soil hold moisture and reduce water runoff.  According to Wisconsin waste management specialists, almost 25 percent of household trash is organic material that could be composted instead of going to the landfill. Organic materials that have traditionally been considered waste – grass clippings, leaves, vegetable scraps, and coffee grounds, for example – can sidestep the trash can and become a valuable soil amendment.  Home composting is not complicated. For tips and helpful links visit

September 24, 2012 at 11:16 am Leave a comment


Waukesha (WI) – August 27, 2012 – There will be a special one-day collection of household hazardous waste open to any Waukesha County resident on Saturday, September 8 from 8:00 a.m. to noon in Oconomowoc. The collection will take place at the City Department of Public Work Garage at 630 South Worthington Street.

 Old, unusable chemicals, pesticides, wood preservatives, solvents, oil-based paints, and mercury-containing products will be accepted. Latex paint and non-hazardous cleaning materials will not be accepted.

“This is a once a year opportunity for residents in the Oconomowoc area to properly dispose of hazardous waste in a convenient location,” stated Karen Fiedler, Solid Waste Supervisor for Waukesha County.

Waukesha County also has four year-round collection sites located in Muskego, Waukesha, Menomonee Falls, and Franklin. For more information, including a detailed list of acceptable household hazardous waste materials, visit or call 262-896-8300.

This program is funded by Waukesha County and Veolia Environmental Services in partnership with the local municipalities. Proof of residency is required at all locations at all times.

August 27, 2012 at 12:18 pm Leave a comment

Small Propane Cylinders Pose Hazards to Recycling Facility Workers

Waukesha (WI) – June 18, 2012 – Workers at ReCommunity Recycling, the operator of the Waukesha County Materials Recycling Facility, pulled 147 small propane cylinders from the recyclables on June 11 and there are concerns that this problem will continue to increase throughout the summer months.  Propane cylinders pose a very serious risk to workers because during the baling process materials are compressed under hundreds of pounds of pressure in order to form large bales for shipping.  Even when the cylinders are empty, they remain pressurized and can explode when compacted.  This time an explosion was avoided due to the diligence of the employees at the recycling facility but residents need to be careful and not place materials such as propane cylinders and other dangerous items into the recycling bin.


“The operator strives to maintain a safe working environment for all employees at the recycling facility. We want residents to understand that certain items such as propane cylinders cannot be recycled in their blue bins due to the potential hazard to workers and equipment. They need to be specially handled by companies that sell these products,” stated Karen Fielder, Waukesha County Recycling and Solid Waste Supervisor.


Propane tank/cylinder manufacturers recommend that consumers return unusable propane tanks to a local distributor.  Please check for the ‘manufacturer’s tag’ as a source of contact/disposal information.  Also, visit to find propane tank dealers in Waukesha County that will safely dispose of used or unwanted propane tanks.


June 18, 2012 at 9:19 am Leave a comment

Got a new gadget for Dad this Father’s Day?

Be sure to recycle his old electronics and rechargeable batteries to help protect the environment. Our recent survey shows more than half of Americans (57%) possess old electronics needing disposal.

Check out these websites for more information:

Waukesha County:


June 13, 2012 at 2:52 pm Leave a comment

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