Waukesha County

UPCOMING EVENTS
Jan
8

Chronic Pain Self - Management

Jefferson Area Senior Center: 859 Collins Road, Jefferson, WI 53549
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Jan
8

Stepping ON (falls prevention)

Jefferson Area Senior Center
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Jan
9

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Regency Senior Community - New Berlin  (open to the public)
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Jan
11

Healthy Living with Diabetes

Eagle Community Park & Recreation: Community Room
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Jan
15

Stepping ON

Brookfield Highlands Senior Apartments   (open to the public)
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UPCOMING MEETINGS
Jan
18

Park and Planning Commission

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Park and Planning Commission

Where: CANCELLED

When: 01/18/2018 1:00 PM

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Jan
23

Security and Facilities Committee

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Security and Facilities Committee

Where: Waukesha County Courthouse - Room C-179, 515 W. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha WI

When: 01/23/2018 12:15 AM

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Jan
23

Proposed Ordinances and Resolutions

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Proposed Ordinances and Resolutions

Where: Waukesha County Board

When: 01/23/2018 7:00 PM


IN THE NEWS

Wisconsin health officials, as part of National Radon Action Month, are encouraging homeowners to check their home's radon levels because exposure to ...

Radon Exposure is Leading Cause of Lung Cancer Among Non-Smokers


Wisconsin health officials, as part of National Radon Action Month, are encouraging homeowners to check their home's radon levels because exposure to radioactive radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers nationwide.

 

Radon is an odorless radioactive gas that is naturally present in the ground and can enter buildings through their foundations. Both old and newer homes can be susceptible to radon. Between 40 and 50 percent of homes tested in Southeast Wisconsin have elevated airborne concentrations on the main living level where people spend the most time, according to state data.

 

An estimated 20,000 lung cancer deaths are caused by radon annually among non-smokers, according to reports by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Surgeon General.

 

“Radon is an easily mitigated heath risk.  The small cost of the kit, available either through the County or at your local hardware store, is well worth the peace of mind knowing that your home and family are safe and healthy,” stated Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow.  

 

More than 90 radon mitigation contractors in Wisconsin (or more than 30 radon mitigation contractors in Southeast Wisconsin) are nationally certified and install highly effective soil-depressurization radon control systems. Thousands of systems are installed in existing homes in Southeast Wisconsin each year. New construction should include features recommended by the National Association of Home Builders to reduce radon entry.

 

For information about radon in Wisconsin, visit: www.lowradon.org

 

About the Environmental Health Division

The Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use – Environmental Health Division serves as The Southeastern Wisconsin Radon Information Center on behalf of Waukesha, Racine, and Milwaukee Counties.  Radon test kits are available through many local home supply stores, through the Department by calling 262-896-8300, or your local public health agency.


Waukesha County communities will host a series of special one-day collections of household electronics and appliances for residents in 2018. These eve...

Special One-Day Household Electronics and Appliance Recycling Events Scheduled Each Month in 2018


Waukesha County communities will host a series of special one-day collections of household electronics and appliances for residents in 2018. These events will be held on the second Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

January’s event will be held in the City of Brookfield located at 19700 Riverview Drive on Saturday, January 13.  February’s event will be held in the City of Oconomowoc at 630 South Worthington Street on Saturday, February 10.

Items will be collected at the events for a cash-only fee include:

  • Television sets for $25 each
  • Cathode Ray Tube computer monitors for $10 each
  • No broken or de-manufactured television or computer units will be accepted

 Items that will be collected at no fee include:

  • Computer equipment, including desktop computers, keyboards, laptops, scanners, printers and non-cathode ray tube computer monitors
  • AV equipment such as DVD players, VCRs and stereos
  • Cell phones and telephones
  • Appliances, such as refrigerators, microwaves, watercoolers, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, water heaters, washer/dryers, stoves, oven/ranges, and dishwashers

 These collection events are for household electronics and appliances only. A complete list of upcoming 2018 events, business recycling options and locations to recycle broken or de-manufactured unit are online at waukeshacounty.gov/recycling or call 262-896-8300. 


Household Hazardous Waste Collection Sites Improve Efficiency with Scanners in 2018


Waukesha County County’s Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection sites are going paperless to save time and resources. Starting January 1st, residents will simply be able to have their IDs scanned when they dispose of hazardous materials instead of filling out a form to verify proof of residency.

“Scanning IDs will simplify the disposal process and increase efficiency at HHW collection sites,” said Rebecca Mattano, Solid Waste Supervisor for Waukesha County. “It eliminates the need to fill out and process paperwork for residents, contractors, and County staff.”

Waukesha County’s four permanent HHW collection sites are located in Muskego, Waukesha, Menomonee Falls, and Franklin. Proof of residency and valid ID has always been required. Driver’s license numbers are not recorded.

Accepted household hazardous waste includes old, unusable chemicals, pesticides, wood preservatives, solvents, oil-based paints, and mercury-containing products. Latex paint, non-hazardous cleaning materials, antifreeze, motor oil, and filters will not be accepted. Check with your municipal drop-off site for antifreeze, motor oil, and oil filter recycling. 

For more information, including a detailed list of acceptable household hazardous waste materials and permanent collection site locations, visit www.waukeshacounty.gov/hazardouswaste, call 262-896-8300 or download our free mobile app Waukesha County Recycles available on Google Play and Apple App Stores. Also, like Waukesha County Recycles on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for updates about this and other special collection events, recycling education information, resources and more!


All Waukesha County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection sites will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day. With the exception of the Menomo...

Holiday Closings at Waukesha County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Sites


All Waukesha County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection sites will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day.  With the exception of the Menomonee Falls site, all sites will continue to be closed for the remainder of the year and reopen in February 2018.

HHW Site

Closures

Franklin Site

Veolia Environmental Services

10518 South 124th Street

Closed: December and January

 

Menomonee Falls Site

Veolia Environmental Services

W124 N9451 Boundary Road

Closed: Saturday, December 23

              Monday, December 25

              Saturday, December 30

              Monday, January 1

Muskego Site

Jensen Environmental Management

W144 S6347 College Court   

Closed: December and January

Waukesha Site

900 Sentry Drive

Closed: December and January

 Proof of residency is required at all locations at all times. For more information, including a detailed list of acceptable household hazardous waste materials and hours of operation, visit www.waukeshacounty.gov/hazardouswaste, call 262-896-8300 or download the free Waukesha County Recycles mobile app in Google Play and Apple App Stores.  Like Waukesha County Recycles on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!


December is International Sharps Injury Prevention Awareness Month


December is International Sharps Injury Prevention Awareness month and Waukesha County would like to remind residents that improperly disposing of medical sharps poses a public health risk along with the potential to injure collection and recycling facility workers. To reduce public health risks, Wisconsin medical waste rules require safe management and disposal. It is illegal to put sharps in the refuse (trash) or with recyclables and there are several options for safe disposal.

 “We want to make sure residents understand that improper disposal of medical sharps puts curbside collection and recycling facility workers at risk. Much of this work is done by hand, creating a hazardous situation for people who are providing a service to us all,” stated Rebecca Mattano, Recycling & Solid Waste Supervisor for Waukesha County.

 

Safe Sharps Disposal Options

  • Contact your pharmacy, doctor, clinic or local hospital; many health care facilities accept sharps but are not legally required to register, therefore, may not appear on the list of registered sharps collection stations.
  • Take sharps to a registered collection station. To find a site in Waukesha County go to www.waukeshacounty.gov/recycling and click on Product Disposal under Information, then go to the Medical drop-down.
  • Use a "mail-back" sharps program, which can be found by searching the internet. The company should provide containers and packaging which meet U.S. postal regulations.

 

More Information About Sharps Disposal

For more information, disposal publications and other locations for safe disposal of medical sharps in Wisconsin visit the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/HealthWaste/HouseholdSharps.html