Waukesha County

New Campaign Aims to Educate Residents about What they can Safely Put in their Recycling Bin

In an effort to increase recycling rates and improve the quality of materials entering the recycling facility, Waukesha County is asking residents to Recycle Right. The county is focusing on this educational recycling campaign this summer to improve the economic and environmental sustainability of the recycling program.


“Residents should know that positive things happen when they recycle right,” said Analiese Smith, Recycling & Solid Waste Supervisor for Waukesha County. “Keeping non-recyclable and dangerous items out of curbside recycling containers not only keeps facility workers safe, it also translates into measurable benefits for residents because it saves money through reduced landfill disposal costs.”


The Recycle Right campaign will focus on helping residents get the right items in their curbside bins. An informational “10 Ways to Recycle Right” guide, a social media presence, short recycle right video clips, and the free Waukesha County Recycles mobile app will be part of the month-long campaign.


“We feel that education is the key to reducing contamination,” Smith said. “Recycling Right does matter. Eliminating unacceptable items, such as hoses, plastic bags, and scrap metals can ensure that materials are properly managed without risks to work safety or costly equipment damage.”


Residents are encouraged to learn more about recycling in Waukesha County:

  • Acceptable Curbside Recycling Guide: www.waukeshacounty.gov/recycling
  • Waukesha County Recycles Mobile App: The free app provides detailed information on what is recyclable curbside as well as what and how to recycle or safely dispose of other items in the community, where to take them, along with navigation to the selected location. Available for download on the App Store and Google Play Store


For more information, visit our web site at www.waukeshacounty.gov/recycling, call 262-896-8300 or follow @WaukCoRecycles on Twitter or like Waukesha County Recycles on Facebook.