Recycling

Recycling is mandatory in the State of Wisconsin.

We would like to remind residents that plastic bags are NOT recyclable through curbside collection. All recyclables need to be placed loosely in your recycling cart with the lid closed.

Plastic bags themselves are recyclable, however when they are taken to the sorting facility, they can get stuck and wrapped around machinery during the sorting process causing the entire system to be shut down to be repaired.

We do suggest that you recycle plastic bags. You may do so by bringing them to a grocery or department store collection bin, a list of these locations can be found by entering your zip code at www.plasticfilmrecycling.org.

Thank you for your cooperation!

 

NEW! Click the link for a printable version of the completed 2017 DPW Information Guide.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Place recyclables loosely in cart – NOT in plastic bags
  • Empty and rinse all bottles & containers
  • Remove & discard all screw caps on any plastic or glass containers
  • Any cardboard paper should be flattened & cut into no larger than 2′ X 2′ pieces
  • Shredded paper should be placed in a paper bag and stapled shut prior to placing in recycle cart
  • Recycling will not be collected if plastic bags are placed in the cart

Any excess acceptable recycling may be taken to the Brown County Port & Resource Recovery Department. Any other material you may have to recycle, search online or look in the Yellow Pages.

CARTS

Type: City-issued trash and recycle carts only. No other bags or containers can be used. Lids must be securely closed to be collected.
Size: 96-gallon or 64-gallon.
Weight: 200 pounds.
How Many: Unlimited. No recycling collected from businesses or residences over six (6) living units. Recycling Cart Order Form
When: Collected once every other week from residential with six or less living units. See the Recycling Calendar – 2016 & Recycling Calendar – 2017 as to which side of the City we are collecting on.

 

LOCATION OF CARTS DURING COLLECTION

  • Carts shall be placed at curb line for collection.
  • The cart’s numbered side must face the street.
  • Place the City-issued carts four (4) feet apart from each other AND 4 feet away from other objects such as mailboxes, trees, etc.
  • No pick up will be made in the alley adjoining residential property.
  • No pick up will be made from atop or from behind a snow bank – clear 4-foot areas on the terrace, with 4 feet apart, where the carts can be placed.

STORAGE OF CARTS

Under Chapter 9 of Municipal Code, garbage and recycling carts can NOT be stored during the time period between collection days in the following locations:

  • Within 15 feet of the public right-of way except during collection periods.
  • Carts shall not be stored on any side street of a building unless the cart is completely screened from view at the public right-of way.
  • On, under, or alongside of a front porch, stoop, landing, assessable ramp, or deck fronting that can be viewed at the public right-of-way.
  • All carts must be stored with lids securely closed.

Please note that fees will be invoiced to the property owner if the City moves the trash or recycle cart after a first warning is issued.

TIMES OF COLLECTION

Carts should be out by 6:00 A.M. on the scheduled day of collection, but shall not be placed out more than 12 hours before collection day and shall be removed not more than 12 hours after collection day. Carts need to be placed along the curb line immediately adjacent to the property which has generated the waste. Carts left at the curb outside these designated times will be picked up and charged to the property owner at $49.00* per collection.

HOLIDAY COLLECTION

Place carts out on your normal collection day to assure collection.

When a full day holiday (New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day) falls on a regular workday (Monday – Friday) garbage and recycling collection may be delayed by one (1) day, with Friday’s collection being picked up on Saturday.

When a half-day holiday (Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve, and Good Friday) falls on a regular workday, garbage and recycling collection will remain on the normal collection schedule.

NON-RESIDENTIAL RECYCLING

Commercial, including more than 6 grouped living units, industrial and any other type of business must arrange for private recycling pickup.  Please see “recycling” in the Yellow Pages or search online.

ACCEPTABLE/UNACCEPTABLE ITEMS

ACCEPTABLE ITEMS

UNACCEPTABLE ITEMS

Glass  Food & beverage bottles and jars Ceramics, plates, clay flower pots, China, drinking glasses, crystal, plate glass, auto windshields, light bulbs, ovenware, window glass
Paper Newspapers & inserts, magazines, cardboard & paperboard (food boxes), junk mail, catalogs, & envelopes, office paper, phone books, books, & magazines, milk, juice & soup cartons, frozen juice containers (remove metal & caps), paper grocery bags, gift wrap, shredded paper (in a paper Tissue paper & other tissue products, paper contaminated by food grease or other debris (pizza boxes), bows & ribbons, foil lined gift wrap
Plastic All food, beverages & household bottles, jars and jugs, dairy containers & lids, produce, bakery & deli containers and lids Plastic bags, wrap or film, motor oil bottles, Styrofoam, solvent, adhesive or chemical containers, paint containers, medical supplies, plastic toys, flower pots, garden plastics, pesticide & herbicide containers
Metal Aluminum cans, steel, tin, & bi-metal cans, empty aerosol cans (except pesticide) Empty paint cans, pots & pans, sheet metal, car parts, small appliances, nails & screws, aluminum foils/pans

     Recycling Flyer – Spanish     Recycling Flyer – Hmong

 

RECYCLING FAQS

Q: Should I remove my bottle caps?

A: Yes! Removing your bottle caps is a good recycling habit. When caps are left on, the liquids stay in the bottle which makes it difficult for the specialized machinery to properly sort the plastic. The bottle could end up in the trash rather than being recycled.

Q: What do I do with plastic bags?

A: Plastic bags are highly recyclable, but NOT through your curbside program. The Tri-County Recycling Facility is not designed to for plastic bags,  the bags can get stuck and wrapped around machinery during the sorting process causing the entire system to be shut down to be repaired.

Other alternative: Please take your plastic bags, wraps and other film plastics to a local retail or grocery store to be recycled. You can find a list of sites that accept plastic bags by entering your zip code at the Plastic Film Recycling website.

Q: Can I recycle aluminum foil and pie pans?

A: The Tri-County Recycling Program does NOT accept aluminum foil and pans because they are made from lower grade aluminum than the aluminum used to make beverage cans.

Other alternative: You may recycle aluminum pans and foil through a local scrap metal dealer.

Q: What should I do with shredded paper?

A: To recycle shredded paper we ask that you put it in a paper bag; staple it closed, label the bag and put it in your curbside container. This method keeps the pieces of paper from blowing around the neighborhoods while sitting at the curb, during transportation and at the recycling facility. Do NOT use plastic bags!

Q: Are pizza boxes recyclable?

A: This answer is tricky, while you may think so since it’s made from cardboard, most pizza boxes ARE NOT recyclable. When paper is recycled, it’s mixed with water to help break everything down. When a greasy, cheesy pizza box is added to the recycling process, it causes oil to form on top of the mix. And since paper fibers can’t separate from oils during the pulping process, it essentially ruins the entire batch. In fact, food is one of the biggest culprits in sabotaging the paper recycling process.

Other alternative: Cut or tear out the soiled portions of your pizza box and  put them in your trash.  Only the “food-free” portions can be put into your recycling bin.

Q: Can I put styrofoam in the recycling cart?

A: NO! Styrofoam is a type of plastic called polystyrene and is not part of the recycling process for Brown County. This includes take-out containers, packaging materials, cups, packing peanuts and Styrofoam egg cartons.

Q: What plastics are recyclable?

A: Thin plastic such as water & soda bottles, dairy containers, & deli containers are recyclable. Hard, molded plastics such as children’s toys and refillable plastic bottles are not recyclable in our area.

Other alternatives:  Pass on old children’s toys to someone else/sell/donate. Re-purpose plastics by doing a craft!

If you would like more information on recycling, use the Brown County Resource Recovery Facility’s website  or the Tri-County Recycle Guide 2016.

 

E-CYCLING INFORMATION

What is E-Cycle Wisconsin?   

In October 2009, Governor Jim Doyle signed Wisconsin Act 50 into law. The purpose of this law is to create a program for the collection and proper recycling of certain electronic devices. The law also prohibits certain electronics from being disposed in landfills or incinerators.

Why do we need to recycle electronics in Wisconsin?     

Electronics, including computers, computer peripherals, televisions, cell phones, printers and other electronics contain many known harmful materials such as lead, mercury, chromium and many others. When improperly disposed, these hazardous materials can leach into the surrounding environment and affect both human health as well as the surrounding  ecosystem. Improper disposal may also expose waste management workers to additional risk. Also, proper recycling  of electronics ensures the reuse of as many materials as possible. This reduces the environmental impact of consumer electronics as well as lowers the economic costs for the manufacturer.

Details about the law   

After 1 September 2010, all Wisconsin residents must abide by the Wisconsin Electronics Recycling Law. Wisconsin residents are prohibited from disposing of specified electronics in landfills or incinerators. While a fee may still be imposed by collectors or recyclers for the recycling of the electronic device, this law was designed to make recycling easier and more convenient statewide. A full list of manufacturers already signed onto the program as well as electronic devices covered under this law is available at the WDNR website.

The following will be banned  from collection starting August 30, 2010:

  • televisions
  • computers (desktop, laptop, netbook and tablet computers)
  • desktop printers (including those that scan, fax and/or copy)
  • computer monitors
  • other computer accessories (including keyboards, mice, speakers, external hard drives and flash drives)
  • e-readers
  • DVD players, VCRs and other video players (i.e., DVRs)
  • fax machines
  • cell phones

Many retailers in Wisconsin already collect electronics for proper disposal. In the Green Bay/Brown County area a variety of options already exists. See the list below for facilities in Green Bay that accepts electronics for recycling. As a note, some of these collectors may charge a fee for some or all of the types of electronics accepted under this program.

This prohibition is imposed on any person, business or entity in Wisconsin.  This is a statewide ban no matter the origination of the devices households, schools, businesses, governments and institutions included. 

See the Wisconsin DNR’s E-Cycle Pamphlets:    English   Spanish    Hmong

More information in regards to E-Cycle Wisconsin visit: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Ecycle/.

For more information on Electronic recycling, see the Tri-County Recycle Guide 2016.