Recycling education and outreach
The DNR and its recycling program partners have many resources for a variety of audiences. Learn how reducing, reusing and recycling can help you, your community, your business and the environment by saving money, energy and natural resources. Together, we can make a difference.
Publications and posters
The following publications are available for anyone to use or distribute.
Use the following order form to request free copies of the publications available in print format.
You can also create professional, customized publications using these tools:
- Recycling Partnership Campaign Builder Tool (customize publications and door/cart tags)
- RecycleMorePlastics.org Terms and Tools (find common terms for plastics and build your own fliers)
- A Guide to Recycling for Owners of Apartments & Other Multi-Family Dwellings (WA-1638)
- A Renter's Guide to Recycling and Waste Reduction (WA-1633) (English)
- Battery Recycling for Businesses (WA-1622)
- Recycle Used Motor Oil Here Poster (WA-1732) (out of print)
- Recycle Used Motor Oil Poster (WA-1734) (out of print)
- Recycle Automotive Batteries Here Poster (WA-1723) (out of print)
- Recycling and Waste Reduction: A Guide for Schools (WA-1561)
- Recycling and Waste Reduction: A Guide for the Workplace (WA-1533)
- Recycling and Waste Reduction at Convenience Stores and Gas Stations (WA-1534)
- Recycling and Waste Reduction for the Lodging Industry (WA-1535)
- Recycling and Waste Reduction in the Restaurant Industry (WA-1536)
- Wisconsin Recycling Means Business (WA-1000) (out of print)
- Garbage to Gardens: Compost Grows Poster (WA-1528)
- Home Composting Materials (WA-1785)
- Home Composting: Reap A Heap of Benefits (WA-072)
- Home Composting: The Complete Composter (WA-182)
- Yard Care: Do Your Share (WA-073)!
- E-Cycle Wisconsin brochure (WA-1426)
- E-Cycle Wisconsin business card (WA-1597)
- E-Cycle Wisconsin customer/resident education sign (WA-1598)
- E-Cycle Wisconsin eligible devices & landfill/incineration ban flier (WA-1427)
- E-Cycle Wisconsin 1/3-page flier (WA-1544)
- Managing Used Electronics: A Guide for Businesses, Institutions, Governments and Non-Profits (WA-420)
- What happens when I e-cycle? poster (WA-1627)
- Why e-cycle? poster (WA-1628)
- "World of difference" educational poster (WA-1629)
- Recycling and Waste Reduction at Your Special Event (WA-1537)
- Special Event Vendor Recycling Info Sheet (WA-1708) (out of print)
- "This Event Recycles" special event recycling sign (WA-1709) (out of print)
- Landfill Waste container sign (WA-1710) (out of print)
- Household Battery Recycling (WA-1621)
- Large Appliance Recycling Guide (WA-1814)
- Recycle More Wisconsin: Rediscover Recycling 1/3 page flier (WA-1609)
- Recycle Right/Excel at E-cycling flier (WA-1907)
- Three Arrows FAQ Recycling Poster (CE-2018)
- Waste Reduction: Think It Through...It's Up To You! (IE-206)
- Wisconsin Recycles: list of items banned from Wisconsin landfills and incinerators (WA-1574)
- Wisconsin Waste Reduction and Recycling Program (WA-422)
Health care waste
- Recycling and Waste Reduction: A Guide for Wisconsin Healthcare (WA-1150)
- Protect Yourself, Protect Your Community: Safe Options for Household Sharps Disposal 1/3-page flier (WA-1635)
- Protect Yourself, Protect Your Community: Safe Options for Household Sharps Disposal Poster (WA-1636)
- Protect Yourself, Protect Your Community: Safe Options for Household Sharps Disposal Brochure (WA-1637)
- Burning Garbage: A Problem for Our Communities (WA-1373)
- Burning Permits: It's Your Responsibility (FR-400)
- Don't Burn Agricultural Plastics (WA-1592)
Plastic bag and film recycling
- Plastic film recycling for materials recovery facilities and landfills (WA-1739) (out of print)
- Plastic film recycling for responsible units (WA-1748) (out of print)
- Plastic film recycling for businesses and retailers with existing collection programs (WA-1786) (out of print)
- Plastic film recycling tips for businesses and retailers starting a collection program (WA-1703) (out of print)
- Plastic film recycling outreach tip sheet (WA-1704) (out of print)
- Plastic bag and film recycling poster (WA-1694)
- Plastic bag and film recycling 1/3-page flier (WA-1695)
- Plastic bag and film recycling 1/2-page flier (WA-1706)
- Keepin' It In the Loop K-8 Teacher Activity Guide (WA-1526)
- Nature's Recyclers Activity Guide (WA-1425) (out of print)
- Nature's Recyclers Coloring Book - English/Spanish (CE-999)
- Nature's Recyclers Poster (CE-5013)
- Plant the seed for a Green & Healthy School (WA-1632)
- Recycling and Beyond: Fun Stuff Activity Book for Kids (CE-2010)
- Wee Crafts Activity Guide (CE-2012)
- Wee Recyclers Early Childhood Environmental Education Program Guide (CE-2011)
Tips for responsible units
- Basic requirements for RU recycling programs (WA-1593)
- Reducing recycling costs and strengthening your program (WA-1603)
- Your Role in Electronics Recycling: A Guide for RUs and Other Local Governments (WA-1746) (out of print)
- Collector Best Management Practices: Universal Waste and Used Oil (WA-1736)
- How to Handle Universal Waste poster (WA-1798)
- How to Handle Universal Waste: Antifreeze (WA-1808) (out of print)
- How to Handle Universal Waste: Batteries (WA-1809)
- How to Handle Universal Waste: Lamps (WA-1810)
- How to Handle Universal Waste: Mercury-containing Equipment (WA-1811) (out of print)
- How to Handle Universal Waste: Pesticides (WA-1812) (out of print)
Social media kits for recycling
Some organizations have put together social media kits with ready-made posts for you to download and use.
- The Recycling Partnership's Grab & Go Social Media Kit
- Recycle More Wisconsin has a 2019 social media calendar (contact them for details)
Wisconsin/national recycling social media posts
You can follow these organizatiosn on Facebook and share their posts with your own followers.
- The Wisconsin DNR Facebook page posts about recycling multiple times each month.
- The Recycle More Wisconsin Facebook page posts several times a week on recycling topics.
- Keep America Beautiful's Facebook page leads a social media campaign for America Recycles Day and has regular posts about recycling and reuse.
Clear and consistent signage and labeling increase recycling collection rates and decrease improper disposal of recyclable materials. Use these labels to clearly identify your recycling and trash collection containers.
- Cardboard collection only
- Mixed glass collection only
- Plastics #1 & #2 collection only
- Aluminum cans only
- Steel/tin cans only
- Metal containers only
- Single stream collection without carton containers
- Single stream collection with carton containers
- Container collection only without carton containers
- Container collection only with carton containers
- Mixed paper collection only
- Office composting
- Trash collection
You can also create custom signs using a tool from The Recycling Partnership.
- E-Cycle TV ad - This 30-second ad shows some ridiculous uses of old electronics and lets people know there’s a better way to give old electronics new life.
- What happens when I e-cycle? - Ever wonder what happens to electronics after you drop them off at a collection point? This video takes you inside today's high-tech electronics recycling operations.
- Lessons from a Landfill - This documentary film provides a look behind the scenes at the daily workings of a county landfill in Wisconsin.
- Landfills and Garbology - How does a landfill work? Take a video tour.
How recycling works
- The Cycle - Recyclebank’s interactive animation lets viewers explore the recycling process and find out what happens to recyclable items after they are collected.
- Recycling Commodity Series: Paper - This short video from the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries describes the paper recycling process.
- Recycling Commodity Series: Ferrous Metal - This short video from the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries describes the scrap metal recycling process.
Benefits of recycling
- Too Valuable to Waste - A six minute video illustrating how paper, plastics and other recyclables are changed into brand new products once they leave the curb - all while creating thousands of good jobs!
- The Impact of the Recycling Industry - This short video from the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries provides an overview of the economic and environmental benefits of scrap recycling.
The DNR has produced radio spots to promote grass-cycling, composting and leaf-mulching in Wisconsin. These radio ads are available to any community or organization interested in airing them. Please contact the DNR recycling program for more information.
Green & Healthy Schools WisconsinJoin schools across Wisconsin in demonstrating a commitment to a sustainable Earth, stronger communities and healthier learning environments. Learn how your school can become an official Wisconsin Green & Healthy School as you teach and implement recycling and other sustainable practices.
Nature's Recyclers Activity Guide (WA-1425) (out of print) is intended to help you teach people about natural recycling, cycles in nature and the important role people must play in recycling our natural resources.
Keepin' It In the Loop K-8 Teacher Activity Guide (WA-1526)This study guide is designed to help you and your students begin thinking about recycling – why it's important and how resources can be conserved and protected.
Recycling and Beyond: Fun Stuff Recycling activity and coloring book for kids.
The Wee Recyclers Early Childhood Environmental Education Program Guide (CE-2011) helps you teach children to become Wee Recyclers. Materials are designed for use with 3 to 5-year-olds in early child care settings; however, most activities can be modified for use with other age groups.
Wee Crafts Activity Guide (CE-2012) In this Wee Crafts guide, we provide some specific craft projects for you to create with your children.