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DNR Recognizes Mosinee for Recycling Efforts

UPDATE: Thurs 10:24 AM, Dec. 5, 2013

The Department of Natural Resources is recognizing Mosinee for their recycling education efforts.

The city received the Excellence in Wisconsin Recycling for 2012.

On October 9th, 2012, The City of Mosinee partnered with IROW of Mosinee, Marathon County Solid Waste Department and students at Mosinee High School to sort through 6,020 pounds of City trash. Sort volunteers looked for landfill-banned items that are required to be recycled and various other items that have recycling potential.

The Department of Natural Resources “Recycling Excellence Award” was designed to increase communities’ interest in recycling and offer a positive experience for our state recycling program,” said Ann Coakley, Waste and Materials Management Program director.

The department handed out awards to 29 local governments in the south central part of the state, 21 in the west central area and one to the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin. The majority of the awards were based on 2012 annual reporting data.

ORIGINAL STORY: Oct. 10, 2012

Digging through other people's trash may not seem like a lot of fun to most of us, but Mosinee High School students spent their morning doing just that.

The project is called a waste sort and it's a way for students to see how much stuff gets tossed that could be recycled.

IROW Waste and Recycling dumped newly picked trash from nearby homes in Mosinee High School's rec center parking lot. Members of Mosinee High School's Green Team and other volunteers from around the city then sorted through the trash.

The city says that this newly created project could point out how valuable recycling education and other programs to promote recycling are.

The city clerk says that Mosinee could save more than $4,000 a year if residents would begin to choose to recycle.

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