The Waupaca County recycling program has expanded the list of plastics that can be recycled.
“We’ve been waiting a long time to be able to accept all plastic containers and bottles,”, said Debbie Krogwold, recycling coordinator for the county. “We now have markets that will accept plastics beyond the milk jug and soda bottle.”
The new plastics residents can now set out at the curb for recycling or take to a recycling drop-off center include:
• All dairy containers such as yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream, whipped topping, margarine, including the lids.
• All produce, deli and bakery containers such as those used for fruit, vegetables, potato salad, coleslaw, dips, and doughnuts.
These new plastics can be mixed with the plastics that are already being recycled, such as the milk jugs, detergent and shampoo bottles, and soda and water bottles.
“This will make an even bigger dent in what people have left for garbage that has to be disposed of in a landfill,” Krogwold said. “For those that utilize the drop-off centers that have a pay-per-bag garbage program, the cost to dispose of garbage will decline substantially.”
Recycling is law in the state of Wisconsin and in Waupaca County. Residents and businesses must separate recyclables from their garbage before disposal of that garbage.
Materials that are banned from landfills and are required to be recycled in addition to the plastics are aluminum and steel cans, glass bottles and jars, cardboard, newspaper, magazines, junk mail, office paper, yard waste, vehicle batteries, tires, waste oil, oil filters, appliances, and electronics.
For more information on recycling and disposal options for garbage, contact the Waupaca County Solid Waste and Recycling Department at 715-258-6240 or visit www.waupacacountyrecycling.com.