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Recycling and composting

Wisconsin has a strong history of recycling and composting, and each of us has a role to play in continuing this success. Wisconsin's commitment to reduce, reuse and recycle is shown by its comprehensive recycling laws. The laws ban disposal and incineration of certain materials and delegate responsibility to local government responsible units for implementing municipal recycling programs to manage the banned materials.

What To Recycle

Learn about which recyclable and compostable items cannot be put in the trash in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Recycling and Solid Waste Studies and Reports

Access studies and surveys that help guide waste reduction and minimization efforts

Composting

Get tips for home composting and requirements for large-scale compost facilities

Batteries

How to safely manage used batteries

Electronics

Wisconsin’s electronics recycling law and how to e-cycle

Light Bulbs

Requirements and guidelines for recycling fluorescent and other light bulbs

Plastic Bags

How to reuse and recycle plastic bags, film and wrap

Reducing Residential Food Waste

Learn how to reduce food waste at home

Responsible Units

Learn the requirements for local government responsible units recycling programs
Responsible Units

MRFs

Information and requirements for materials recovery facilities (MRFs)
MRFs

Education & Outreach

Download free publications and other resources for recycling education and outreach
Education & Outreach

Recycling and Waste Reduction Tips

Get recycling, reuse and waste reduction for all seasons
Recycling and Waste Reduction Tips

Wisconsin's Waste Reduction and Recycling Law

Learn about Wisconsin’s requirements for waste reduction and recycling
Wisconsin's Waste Reduction and Recycling Law

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