SPECIAL HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION September 8, 2012

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 www.waukeshacounty.gov/hazardouswaste 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

Learn More About Rain Gardens, Native Plants, Composting, and Recycling at Retzer Nature Center\

Learn about Rain Gardens, Native Plants, Home Composting, and Recycling

Saturday, August 25th at Retzer Nature Center

 

Waukesha, WI – Retzer Nature Center, located at S14W28167 Madison Street, will be buzzing with educational activities on Saturday, August 25 beginning at 9a.m.!   Events of the day include a Native Plant & Home Compost Bin Sale (9a.m.-noon), Rain Garden & Rain Barrel Class (10-11a.m.), and a Recycling Outreach Booth (11a.m.-1p.m.).  There is no fee required for entrance into Retzer Nature Center and all are welcome to attend.  Visit www.waukeshacounty.gov for more information.

  • Native Plant Sale (9a.m.-noon):  Join nature specialists to learn  about gardening with native species.   The plant sale features native grasses, wild lupine, compass plant, asters, prairie blazing star and much more.       There will be opportunities to ask Waukesha County Parks and Land Use staff questions regarding natural landscaping and plant identification as well as view a continuously running 10-minute power point program on “Selection and Care of Your Native Plants”.
  • Home Compost Bin Sale (9a.m.-noon): The Home Composter is only $55, it is easy to assemble, lightweight, and fits into most vehicles.  Includes a booklet on how to compost your kitchen vegetable scraps and yard debris to make a great soil amendment for your garden, lawn, or shrubs.
  • Save Water, Save Money with Rain Gardens and Rain Barrels (10-11a.m.):  Capture your runoff by learning basic design and installation of rain gardens and rain barrels.  Call 262-548-7801 to register by Friday, August 24.
  • Recycling      Outreach Booth (11a.m.-1p.m.):  Waukesha County Recycling and Solid Waste staff will be available to help residents stay informed and recycle more.  Residents will have the opportunity to ask questions, pick up information, get a free blue recycling bin (while supplies last), and learn how to increase recycling rates!

 

Retzer Nature Center is a part of the Waukesha County Park System, which is a natural resource based park system that demonstrates stewardship while providing recreational and educational opportunities.

August 13, 2012 at 1:55 pm Leave a comment

The Recycling Reflex

What if there were something that could create 1.5 million new jobs, reduce carbon emissions equal to taking 50 million cars off the road, cut dependence on foreign oil, increase exports, save water, improve air quality and reduce toxic waste? What if it were low-cost and readily implemented? Wouldn’t everyone do it? At a time of wildfires, droughts and persistent unemployment, wouldn’t it be a centerpiece of the presidential campaign?
Well, there is such a thing. It’s called recycling

 

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/25/the-recycling-reflex/

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August 10, 2012 at 10:23 am Leave a comment

Recycling Bins and Water Conservation Information at Local Farmers’ Markets

Waukesha (WI) – August 6, 2012 – In addition to fresh produce, residents can get the most up-to-date information on recycling, water conservation and storm water management!

 Waukesha County recycling and water conservation staff will be at the following Farmers’ Markets:

  • Pewaukee Farmers’ Market August 15th from 3:00-6:30pm.

Stop by the tent to pick up information and ask questions.  Residents can also get a free recycling bin while supplies last.  Visit www.waukeshacounty.gov/recycling or call 262-896-8300 for more information.

 

August 6, 2012 at 2:49 pm Leave a comment

Recycling Bins and Water Conservation Information at Local Farmers’ Markets

Waukesha (WI) – July 2, 2012 – In addition to fresh produce, residents can get the most up-to-date information on recycling, water conservation and storm water management!

Waukesha County recycling and water conservation staff will be at the following Farmers’ Markets:

  • Brookfield Farmers’ Market July 14th from 7:30am-Noon
  • Dousman Farmers’ Market July 18th from 2:00-6:00pm
  • Delafield Farmers’ Market July 21st from7:00am-1:00pm
  • Waukesha Farmers’ Market July 28th from 8:00am-12:00pm

Stop by the tent to pick up information and ask questions.  Residents can also get a free recycling bin while supplies last.  Visit waukeshacounty.gov/recycling or call 262-896-8300 for more information.

July 2, 2012 at 8:41 am 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 waukeshacounty.gov/recycling 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: www.waukeshacounty.gov/recycling

National: http://www.call2recycle.org

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

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