Recycling

Wisconsin law encourages (and requires) recyclable materials to be diverted from the landfill. More information on waste management in Wisconsin can be found on the DNR’s webpage: What to Recycle.

Recycling availability varies by municipality with some putting more responsibility on the users. Before recycling any material,  consult your local waste handler to ensure you are not contaminating the recycling supply. Too much contaminated material can mean that all recyclables in the load are instead diverted to the landfill. When in doubt (or when there is no readable number), throw it out.

Due to the number of variations between recycling handlers, it is encouraged this list is only used for a quick reference.

Tip: Use CTRL + F to type in your community. You can find the specific ordinances by clicking on your community of interest and going to their website and then visiting the code location noted in the chart.

Updated 10-16-17

 


 

City of Appleton (Chapter 15)

Handler: Outagamie County

Curbside: Yes (once per week)

Cleaned: Yes, not in plastic bags

Aluminum: Cans, not foil

Electronics: Bring to electronics drop-off site

Glass: Yes

Paper: Yes, mixed in

Shredded PaperYes, if enclosed in a paper bag (not plastic)

Cartons: Yes, if no food contamination

Cardboard: Yes (boxes if broken down)

Plastics: Yes, no plastic screw caps

#6: No styrofoam

Plastic Bags/Film: No

Misc:

Tires: Curbside with $5 disposal tag

Prescription Medications: Bring to Appleton Police Department lobby on Walnut St

 

City of Kaukauna

Handler: Outagamie County

Curbside: Yes (every other week)

CleanedYes, not in plastic bags

AluminumCans, not foil

Electronics: Bring to electronics drop-off site

Glass: Yes

Paper: Yes, mixed in

Shredded PaperYes, if enclosed in a paper bag (not plastic)

Cartons: Yes, if no food contamination

Cardboard: Yes (boxes if broken down)

Plastics: Yes, no plastic screw caps

#6: No styrofoam

Plastic Bags/Film: No

 

City of Madison

Handler: Streets Division

Curbside: Yes

Cleaned: All plastic bottles, jugs, dairy tubs, clam shells, aluminum, steel/tin cans

Aluminum: Yes

Electronics: Bring to drop off site (locations)

Glass: Bottles and jars only, separate metal lids (no broken glass)

Paper: Yes

Shredded PaperYes, if enclosed in a paper bag or clear plastic

Cartons: Yes, flattened

Cardboard: Yes, flattened

Plastics: Yes, plastic screw caps accepted

#6: No styrofoam (can be brought to drop off sites)

Plastic Bags/Film: Yes, plastic bags (not film)

 

City of Menasha (Sec. 8-4)

Handler: 

Curbside: Yes

CleanedYes, not in plastic bags

AluminumCans, not foil

Electronics: Bring to electronics drop-off site

Glass: Yes

Paper: Yes, mixed in

Shredded PaperYes, if enclosed in a paper bag (not plastic)

Cartons: Yes, if no food contamination

Cardboard: Yes (boxes if broken down)

Plastics: Yes, no plastic screw caps

#6: No styrofoam

Plastic Bags/Film: No

 

City of Neenah (Sec. 12-25)

Handler: 

Curbside: Yes, same day as garbage with Recycling Sticker on container

CleanedYes, not in plastic bags

AluminumCans, not foil

Electronics: Bring to electronics drop-off site

Glass: Yes, food jars and bottles only

Paper: Yes

Shredded Paper: Yes, if enclosed in a paper bag (not plastic)

Cartons: Yes, if no food contamination

Cardboard: Yes (boxes if broken down)

Plastics: Yes, no plastic screw caps

#6: No styrofoam

Plastic Bags/Film: No

Misc:

Prescription Drugs: Bring to Neenah Police Station

 

City of Oshkosh (Ch 23-3)

Handler: Sanitation Division (2017 Flyer)

Curbside: Yes, every other week in blue colored recycling cart

CleanedYes, not in plastic bags

AluminumCans, not foil

Electronics: Bring to electronics drop-off site

Glass: Yes, food jars and bottles only

Paper: Yes

Shredded PaperYes, if enclosed in a paper bag stapled shit (not plastic)

Magazines & Catalogs: Yes

Cartons: Paper only, if no food contamination

Cardboard: Yes

Plastics: Yes, no plastic screw caps

#6: No styrofoam

Plastic Bags/Film: No

Misc:

Prescription Drugs: Bring to Oshkosh Safety Building