Statement: To provide materials recycling and
recovery services to the citizens of Manitowoc County and to
keep the public informed about recycling issues.
Waste Clean Sweep :: Drug Disposal
Program :: Waste Tire Collection
The Manitowoc County Recycling Center is
involved in a number of special events to help meet the recycling,
disposal and educational needs of our community. These events run
for a limited amount of time throughout the year and are typically
advertised in the newspaper, radio and internet. Sign up for our
mailing list will help keep you informed about these events and other
Hazardous Waste Clean Sweep
Held in May of each year this program gives residents, farms and
businesses an opportunity to properly dispose of hazardous waste.
There is no cost for households and farms. Businesses can save on
disposal costs. Proper disposal of hazardous waste is important
because it keeps our water, soil and air clean and helps prevent
accidental poisonings and spills. Hazardous waste items include
solvents, varnishes, cleaners, paint, pesticides and fertilizers.
Drug Disposal Program
The Drug Disposal Program is a relatively new event that helps
deal with the increasing problems of pharmaceuticals entering our water,
accidental poisonings and drug abuse. When medicine is flushed or
thrown in the garbage it can easily enter the water supply.
Medication can also be stolen or misused. At this program we
accept all medications including prescriptions, over the counter,
lotions, inhalers and illicit drugs.
Waste Tire Collection
a year, usually in September, there is a two week long used tire
collection at the MRF (Materials Recovery Facility). The collection
provides county residents and businesses an opportunity to properly
dispose of their used tires at a reduced cost.
Waste tires can be
reused in a number of beneficial ways. They can be shred into rubber
chips and used as artificial turf or as a groundcover in playgrounds.
Tire rubber can be incorporated into asphalt roads, running tracks and
used in other rubber products. Depending on what other materials are in
the tire, they may also be used as a fuel source. When burned in
specially designed incinerators the release of noxious smoke can be
America Recycles Day
America Recycles Day is November 15.
This nationally recognized day focuses on the importance of
recycling and buying recycled product. Join us on this day
to learn more about recycling and how it can help improve our
community. Recycling has come a long way since its
inception. Now, we have programs across the country to recycle paper,
plastic, aluminum, cell phones and even computers, as well as a wealth
of consumer goods made out of recycled content. All of which prompts us
to ask, are you recycling the old way, or the new way? Twenty
years ago, only one curbside recycling program existed in all of the
United States. Today, there are more than 10,000 curbside programs
across the nation. While this is a huge step, there are easy ways we can
all do more.
In honor of America Recycles Day on
November 15th, we ask that you make it a priority to step up your
recycling efforts this year. Start by taking our pledge at
http://www.nrc-recycle.org/takethepledge.aspx . Follow up with a
http://nrc-recycle.org/americarecycles.aspx to get tips on how you
can improve recycling in your home and community. Because when you
recycle, it all comes back to you.