Waukesha County

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Know Before You Throw!

You can help keep our environment healthy. Both our recycling stream and our waterways depend on all of us making informed decisions about thinking before throwing. 

Recyclables need to be empty, clean, and dry before they are thrown loose in your recycling cart. Items that are filled with liquid or dirty with food residue are not acceptable in your bin because the liquid and food can damage other recyclables, attract rodents, and cause the sorting equipment to incorrectly sort the material.

For these reasons, it is impearative that recyclables are:

Empty, Clean & Dry

It is also imperative that Household Hazardous Waste is not included in your recycling cart.  Find out more about disposing of HHW items.

Is salt going to work?  If it is colder than 15 degrees, the salt will not be effective.  Mechanical removal is always the best option, but if you must use a product—use the right product at the right amount.  A single 12oz. cup of salt is enough to cover 10 sidewalk squares or a 20-foot driveway. Extra salt is swept into our waterways damaging the health of our lakes and streams.   

Learn more about smart salt use at: https://wisaltwise.com/