Business Recycling Program
THE LAW - According to the Wisconsin Recycling Law, everyone who lives or works in the state is required to recycle, including:
This law also requires businesses to separate items banned from landfills and incinerators or to send them to a facility that will separate them. Also, facility owners are responsible for providing separate containers for recyclables, providing for collection and transport to a recycling facility, and notification and education of employees or tenants of programs.
THE BENEFITS - It's easy to do! Taking a few minutes a day to recycle has many benefits. Recycling reduces the amount of pollution in the soil, water, and air, making it a cleaner place to live. Also recycling gives manufacturers back the raw materials they need to make new products. This cuts down on the costs of harvesting new raw materials and does not take as much of a toll on natural resources. Recycling also has its financial benefits. It reduces the cost of disposal and lowers taxes because of less pollution. Recycling will also give your business a "green" image, which will make your business more attractive.
Items banned from landfills and required to be separated from other post-consumer waste include:
Where to Start
Get a recycling program started at your business! Perform a self-audit on your waste and see what and how much recyclables are in it. Then come up with a specific recycling plan and some goals to reach. Contact your local hauler to set up a recycling pickup, or you can also self-haul recyclables to the Recycling Center if you do not produce enough to contract a hauler. Place labeled recycling bins next to your trash bins and encourage your employees and tenets to use them. Make sure they look differently from the trash bins, and are labeled with what recyclable item should go in it to avoid confusion. The Manitowoc County Recycling Center has free drop off of recyclables plus a number of other programs to help your business recycle, including Yard Waste Drop-off sites, year round Electronics Collection, and Tire Collection in the fall. Please contact the Recycling Center for more information.