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Marathon County Solid Waste Department pushes for better recycling

WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) — At a meeting Monday afternoon, the Marathon County Solid Waste Department discussed a recycling initiative. They’re encouraging homeowners to “recycle right,” which means not putting items in recycling bins that aren’t recyclable.

According to the department website, the long list of non-recyclable items includes:

  • Any number of plastic bags
  • Plastic film (zip-loc bags, toilet paper packaging, newspaper bags, packaging film)
  • Shrink wrap
  • Plastic straws, plates, or silverware
  • Drink pouches
  • Styrofoam #6 plastic (egg cartons, plates, hot beverage cups, formed packing pieces, or packing peanuts)
  • Aluminum baking pans or foil
  • Liners (metal or plastic)
  • Mirror or window glass
  • Motor oil containers
  • Light bulbs
  • Ceramics or clay pots
  • Soiled papers (tissues, towels, cardboard, etc.)
  • Foam or polystyrene
  • CD cases
  • Vinyl siding, etc.
  • Food

The county’s Solid Waste Manager says some grocery stores will take plastic bags for recycling, but the Marathon County Solid Waste Department can’t.

“You’re not going to want to put your plastic bag directly into your curbside recycling cart,” said manager David Hagenbucher. “That will get tangled up in the material recovery facility. So stuff like that. Just little things that you might think is recyclable and you want to recycle it, but it really shouldn’t be in there.”

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Curtis Aderholdt

A WAOW photo journalist since December 2014.

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