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Garbage & Recycling

Latest Garbage & Recycling

Shredding, Recycling & Waste Services 
1040 Indianhead Dr. Mosinee, WI 54455
Phone: (715) 693-7123 Fax (715) 693-7103
August 2013

To Maine Residents - Waste and Recycling Update from IROW:

Electronics, appliances, furniture, large plastic items, tires, batteries and needles should not be tossed in the waste cart. Contact IROW for options to handle these unusual items. Drivers will not empty carts containing items that require special handling. A blue card will be left with an un-emptied cart providing information to the resident as to why the cart was left behind. IROW can also help you with unusual items such as shingles, construction materials, light bulbs, and batteries. Contact IROW to address your special requests and obtain pricing. Call IROW at 715.693.7123 or visit www.irow.bz and send us an email. When in doubt, ask IROW first. 

Also, yard waste should not be in your weekly garbage. Carts will be left behind if they contain yard waste. Directions for creating a small composting site are at the end of this newsletter. Also, don’t forget about the Village of Maine yard waste site at the Maine Municipal Center. 

Set your waste and recycling out the night before your pick up day. Facing the road, set your cart at the end of your driveway, on the left-hand side. The recycling container should be placed to the right of the cart. You should limit your waste to the 95 gallon cart. All waste should be in plastic bags. Overflow stickers can be obtained from IROW for waste exceeding the cart’s size. One sticker covers one 30 gallon bag for $2.00. 

It’s very important that all residents put their recyclables in a comingled container curbside every week (recyclables are listed on the reverse side of this newsletter). Do not bag your recyclables. They should be loose in one bin. The Village benefits from increased recycling which ultimately provides cost savings to the residents and the IROW driver maintains a consistent weight that is delivered to the recycling center on a weekly basis. 

Initial recycling efforts in Wisconsin began over 20 years ago! It’s time to remind ourselves of what is recyclable and what isn’t and to properly dispose of yard waste, large items, metals and hazardous waste. Think twice before tossing something in the trash. Donate used items to churches, Good Will, etc. Don’t forget about all those green USAgain boxes you see throughout the community for clothes and shoes. With 900+ residents in the Town of Maine, one less bag of garbage per week per resident is 27,000 gallons less waste that goes to the landfill on a weekly basis.

IROW was the first in Central Wisconsin to use split body vehicles to collect waste and recyclable items on one truck. Although to the naked eye it may look like the driver throws waste and recyclables together, waste and recyclables are NOT mixed together. Take the time to look for yourself the next time IROW is at your curb or visit our website to see a video which displays the process at www.irow.bz. 

All questions and comments should be directed to Betty or Tina. IROW will be contacted by the Village of Maine when appropriate. If you have ideas for increasing recycling, contact Betty.


Materials to be
Co-mingled What Do I Recycle? Cleaning and Preparation What Can’t Be Recycled?
Glass Glass food and beverage containers: only clear, green and brown. Remove and discard caps and rings and rinse thoroughly Non-container glass, dishes, Pyrex cooking ware, mirrors, light bulbs, window glass.
Aluminum Cans & Foil ONLY RINSE CLEAN,
Flattening Optional
Tin & Steel Cans Tin, Steel and bi-metal beverage and food cans RINSE CLEAN
Flattening Optional, You may leave the lid inside the can Cardboard Sides (Juice Cans), Aerosol Cans, Paint Cans
Plastic All Milk, Soda, and Detergent Bottles, Other Bottles or dishes marked
#1 PETE, #2 HDPE, #3 V, #4 LDPE, #5 PP, #6 PS, & #7 OTHER RINSE CLEAN
Remove and Discard Lids in Trash Styrofoam and Film, Hard Plastic (Toys, etc.) Medicine Bottles & Syringes and Plastic bags
Materials To Be Co-mingled What Do I Recycle? What Can’t Be Recycled?

Newspapers, Magazines, Office Paper and Cardboard ONLY Newspapers, brown paper grocery bags, magazines, telephone books, catalogs, junk mail, brochures, flyers, regular & window envelopes, cereal boxes, tissue boxes, shoe boxes, paper tubes, soda and beer cases, stationary, computer paper, note paper, typing paper, clean pizza boxes

Wrapping paper, used tissue paper, 
dog food bags

Recycling Rules

 Glass, aluminum, tin, steel cans, & plastics may be mixed together in one container. 
 All non-recyclable materials shall be placed in the TRASH container.
 Newspapers and Magazines may be bundled or placed in a brown paper bag. 
 Cardboard must be flattened and cut to no larger than 24” x 24”.

Examples of Special or Large Items:
Furniture – sofas, chairs, mattresses
Electronics – TVs, computers, microwaves
Automobile and small truck - tires
Refrigerated items – Refrigerators, dehumidifiers

Simple Residential Composting / Wire-mesh holding unit
Figure 1
A wire-mesh holding unit.
A wire-mesh holding unit is inexpensive and easy to build out of either galvanized chicken wire or hardware cloth. Non-galvanized chicken wire also can be used, but it will not last as long. Posts provide more stability for a chicken-wire bin, but make the bin difficult to move. A wire-mesh bin made without posts is easy to lift and provides access to finished compost at the bottom of the pile while the compost at the top of the pile is still decomposing.
• 10-foot length of 36-inch-wide 1-inch galvanized chicken wire, or
• 10-foot length of 1/2-inch-wide hardware cloth (note: This will make a bin with a diameter of 3 feet)
• Heavy wire for ties
• Three or four 4-foot-tall wooden or metal posts (for chicken wire bin)
• Heavy-duty wire or tin snips
• Pliers
• Hammer (for chicken wire bin)
• Metal file (for hardware cloth bin)
• Work gloves
To build a wire-mesh unit with chicken wire
• Fold back 3 to 4 inches of wire at each end of the cut piece to provide a strong, clean edge that will not poke or snag and that will be easy to latch.
• Stand the wire in a circle and set it in place for the compost pile.
• Cut the heavy wire into lengths for ties. Attach the ends of the chicken wire together with the wire ties, using pliers.
• Space wood or metal posts around the inside of the chicken-wire circle. Holding the posts tightly against the wire, pound them firmly into the ground to provide support.
To build a wire-mesh unit with hardware cloth
• Trim the ends of the hardware cloth so that the wires are flush with a cross wire to get rid of edges that could poke or scratch hands. Lightly file each wire along the cut edge to ensure safe handling when opening and closing the bin.
• Bend the hardware cloth into a circle, and stand it in place for the compost pile.
• Cut the heavy wire into lengths for ties. Attach the ends of the hardware cloth together with the wire ties, using pliers.


August 13, 2013 Garbage & Recycling Newsletter

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