recycling & solid waste

Taylor County Recycling & Solid Waste
Kyle Noonan, Administrator

Location & Mailing Address:
224 South Second Street
Medford, WI 54451

Phone: 715.748.1485
Fax: 715.748.1415

*Office Located on First Floor

Links:
2016 Clean Sweep
Recycling Locations

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This office administers the recycling program for municipalities within Taylor County’s Responsible Unit. This entails writing grants, administering recycling ordinances, tracking expenses and revenues, maintaining and servicing trailers, and providing recycling information to the public. This office monitors tonnages moved, costs, number of haulers working in the area and overall performance of the solid waste system; conducts Clean Sweeps, medical waste collections, appliance collection and other collection programs as needed.

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WHAT IS CO-MINGLING?

The Taylor County Recycling Authority signed a new contract that is less expensive and easier for households to recycle starting January 1, 2008. By state law you still need to recycle the same items as before, rinse them, take caps and labels off; but YOU NO LONGER NEED TO SEPARATE THEM INTO THE 10 CATEGORIES. Instead, you will have just two separations as explained in this document (containers and paper products).

When you go to your recycling center, you will be placing recyclables into two separate roll-offs for mix one and mix two. A collection truck from VEOLIA will come as needed to empty the containers and haul them to the Portage County Recyclable Materials Recovery Facility. There it will be run through machines and manual labor to separate it into the 10 categories for further processing and shipment for remanufacturing.

Remember, we are making it easier so we can increase our volumes collected. It is our goal to increase volumes and participation by 10% in the first year; and therefore, fewer recyclables will go into the landfill or be burned in back yard barrels.

Recycling has never been easier and never been more important to our environment.

Mix One

All of these items can be mixed together.

ASEPTIC CONTAINERS
Cartons used for juice, milk, ice cream or broths. Caps off and rinsed.

CONTAINER GLASS
Includes container glass only – clear, green, and brown. Glass must be clean, with caps removed. Labels and neck rings can remain. Glass should not be broken. Does not include ceramic cups, dishes, ovenware, plate glass, safety and window glass, heat-resistant glass such as Pyrex, lead-based glass such as crystal, or TV tubes.

PLASTIC BOTTLES AND CONTAINERS
Includes all plastic bottles and containers clearly marked with the recycling emblem encircling the #1 through #7 of all colors. This is a change–#3 through #7 were not accepted before. Does not include motor oil bottles, chemical containers, ag plastics or Styrofoam. Caps must be removed, but can be recycled. Labels and neck rings can remain on plastic. Clean all bottles and containers.

TIN AND ALUMINUM CANS
Includes tin, bi-metal, and aluminum cans which must be clean with labels removed. Cut out ends are recyclable, too. No aerosol or paint cans.

THESE ITEMS MAY BE MIXED TOGETHER

 

Mix Two

All of these paper products can be mixed together.

CORRUGATED CARDBOARD
Includes clean corrugated cardboard only, and does not include waxed cardboard. Cardboard must be flattened.

MIXED PAPERS
Includes all grades of papers: including white, colored, ledger, shiny, coated, carbonless or NCR papers; envelopes, including windowed, labeled and kraft; paper bags, catalogs/magazines, phone books, computer print out paper, glued pads and tablets, file folders, post-it notes, spiral notebooks, cereal, shoe, and soda boxes, etc. Can include paper clips and staples. Can be placed for collection in paper grocery bags, boxes, or bundled in bundles not more than twelve (12) inches high. Does not include hand towels or other paper products from restrooms, or soiled napkins and paper plates. Also does not include carbon paper, cellophane, or any waxed paper.

NEWSPAPERS
Includes newspapers and newspaper advertisements.

THESE ITEMS MAY BE MIXED TOGETHER