Milwaukee greenies want to know how much of their holiday celebration can be recycled into their city cart. The Milwaukee Green Living Examiner has your answers.
Q. Can I recycle my wrapping paper?
A. Clean wrapping paper that is not foiled can be recycled. This includes the clean tissue-type paper. You don’t even have to sort your Milwaukee recyclables: Milwaukee makes recyling easy.
Q. Can I recycled waxed cartons?
A. You can now recycle clean waxed cartons like those from milk and orange juice. If you like to save on water, use the second rinse water on your plants.
Q. Can I recycle Styrofoam?
A. Milwaukee does not accept Styrofoam in its carts. Try to avoid the stuff.
Q. Can I recycle batteries?
A. Milwaukee will not recycle but will accept alkaline batteries in the trash, but do not accumulate them in large quantities. Grouped together the small charge in them may create a chemical or fire hazard. The Mercury-Containing and Rechargeable Battery Management Act passed in 1996, which phased out the use of mercury in alkaline batteries, making them less of an issue when disposed in landfills. But this doesn’t mean alkalines are not recyclable.
You can consider mail-in recycling programs such as http://www.batteryrecycling.com. They are also accepted for recycling at all Batteries Plus locations.
Rechargeable batteries are accepted for recycling at home improvement centers such as Lowes, Menards, and Home Depot.
Q. What kinds of plastics can I recycle?
A. You can now recycle #1-5. This includes most plastic tubs and lists, heavy-duty pails and laundry carts.
Q. Can I recycle disposable plastic bags?
A. You are still shopping with disposable bags? Sigh. Well, the city won’t take them, but you can return them to most grocery stores and many department stores.
Q. Can I recycle card board?
A. Yes. Flatten your cereal boxes, shipping cartons, toy cartons and more. Just be sure they are clean and dry.
Q. Can I recycle shredded paper?
A. Yes, collect in plastic or paper bag and secure bag to close. Staples okay.
Have more questions? See Milwaukee Recycles.
Q. When we put our new gifts away, what should we do with older clothes and toys?
A. Don’t throw away or even recycle items in good repair that have life in them. Consider the Salvation Army, Goodwill, or St Vincent De Paul organizations. Go to Milwaukee donations to find an organization that will pick up your items for free. Now, how could that be easier?
Q. Can I recycle my tree?
Milwaukee workers will turn your tree into reusable mulch or compost. Remove the ornaments and take to the Self-Help Center or place the tree with your garbage after the holidays.
November 27, 2011 through April 7, 2012
Tuesday – Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Closed: Sunday and Monday
2011 Holiday Schedule
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:Closed January 17
Good Friday/Easter: Closed April 22, 24 & 25. Open April 23
Memorial Day: Closed May 27 & 30. Open May 28 & 29
Independence Day: Closed July 1 & 4. Open July 2 & 3
Labor Day: Closed September 2 & 5. Open September 3 & 4
Thanksgiving: Closed November 24 & 25
Christmas: Closed December 23 – 26
New Year: Closed December 30, 2011 – January 2, 2012
April 3 through November 26, 2011
Tuesday – Sunday 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Call (414) 286-CITY (2489) for more information. As the City of Milwaukee may change their policies at any time, always check with them.