Wisconsin recycling education campaign begins

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RINGLE, Wis. (WSAW) People who recycle are making a difference. Current recycling efforts in Wisconsin keep about 1.7 million tons of materials out of Wisconsin landfills and incinerators annually. But, there is still a lot more residents can be doing. That's why a campaign kicks off Thursday to get Wisconsin residents to do their civic duty.

The Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin is hosting the '12 Days of Americas Recycle Day,' ahead of the nationwide America Recycles Day. Until Nov. 15, the group will be educating residents through various social media tools and other local events with community groups, organizations and municipalities.

The Marathon County Solid Waste Department's Recycle Unit strives to educate the community too.

"Land filling is always the absolute last resort," said Operations Manager Dave Hagenbucher. "We want to divert as much waste going out to that landfill as we possibly can."

That's why the Marathon County Solid Waste Dept. offers recycling options. The department is also an enterprise fund. That means some of the money they generate through the landfill is actually put back into recycling programs and education for the community. It's something Hagenbucher believes people should take seriously.

"A lot of people think, 'hey, I'm just one person and I can't really make a difference'." he said. "The reality of the situation is that all recycling is done by one person who thought they could make a difference."

Required by state law, you must recycle: Paper, glass, cans and plastic.

There are many items you cannot put in your recycling bin that must be recycled. Wisconsin's Electronics Recycling Law bans the land filling and incineration of: Computers, laptops, printers, televisions, DVD players, computer peripherals, fax machines, VCR's and other video players (i.e., DVRs) and phones with video displays.

At the Marathon County Waste Dept. you can bring things like:
-Cardboard, paper, plastic and aluminum
-Batteries
-Electronics/large electronics
-Hazardous materials
-Tires
-Shingles

There are fees for certain drop offs you can find here.