Oconto County Solid Waste Department cooperatively works with the following municipalities to manage the recycling of landfill banned materials: Abrams, Bagley, Doty, Lena-Village & Town, Little Suamico, Maple Valley, Morgan, Oconto, Riverview, Stiles, City & Town of Oconto Falls, and Village of Suring & Town of How.
Materials Currently Banned from Landfill Disposal in Wisconsin
Additional Banned Materials
- Items Banned in 1995
- Aluminum containers
- Bi-metal containers (containers made from a combination of steel and aluminum)
- Corrugated cardboard or other containerboard
- Foam polystyrene packaging, either designed for serving food or beverages, loose particles intended for packing (peanuts), or rigid materials shaped to hold and cushion a packaged article*
- Glass containers
- Magazines and other materials printed on similar paper
- Newspaper and other materials printed on newsprint
- Office paper
- Plastic containers #1 and #2
- Plastic containers #3 through #7*
- Steel containers
- Used tires (except when incinerated with energy recovery)
- * Currently DNR allows plastic containers #3 through #7 and foam polystyrene packaging to be landfilled or incinerated. If at some future time, the DNR determines that adequate markets for these plastics exist, they will be banned from disposal.
In order to accomplish the task of recycling these materials, the above noted municipalities provide for a convenient drop-off center for its residences to properly dispose of the above mentioned banned items. View Recycling Guides under Forms & Documents for the proper recycling of your waste materials and Recycling Drop Off Center locations in your municipality. The Drop Off Centers also will accept other items such as scrap metal and garbage. There are fees involved for the proper disposal of specific items. Please view the Recycling Drop-Off Fees. View Services for additional information on how to recycle the specific materials.
- Lead acid batteries
- Major appliances including air conditioners, clothes washers and dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, stoves, ovens, dehumidifiers, furnaces, boilers, water heaters and microwave ovens (unless the capacitor has been removed)
- Waste oils, except when incinerated with energy recovery
- Yard waste, including grass clippings, leaves, yard and garden debris and brush under 6 inches in diameter**** Yard waste may go to an approved compost facility or be incinerated with reasonable alternatives are not available.
- E-Waste: As of September 1, 2010, devices covered under 2009 Act 50, Wisconsin's electronics recycling law, including computers, televisions, desktop printers, computer peripherals, DVD players, digital video recorders, VCRs, fax machines and phones with video displays (cell phones) are banned from Wisconsin landfills and incinerators For more information, see E-Cycle Wisconsin covered devices.
- Used Oil Filters and absorbents: As of January 1, 2011, used oil filters and oil absorbent materials over one gallon are banned from Wisconsin landfills. In addition, used antifreeze can also be recycled at all centers. For more information, view Services or the current Recycling Guide for your municipality.
Who is required to recycle in Wisconsin?
Everyone, everywhere, all the time!! Wisconsin’s recycling requirements apply to everyone in the state, at all locations. This includes schools, public places, businesses, special events, homes and apartments.
Who can use the Drop Off Centers for recycling?
The drops off centers are established for recycling of materials generated from a resident of that municipality. It is important to utilize your local municipal site for recycling to save on your municipality expenses to recycle materials. Nonresidents may be subject to additional charges to dispose of recyclables or may not be accepted at the municipal drop off center.
Businesses are to include recycling of their generated waste as part of their business waste stream. Businesses should consult with their contracted waste hauler about recycling materials generated from their business.
Why is my municipality not listed in the county recycling program?
Oconto County no longer runs a county wide recycling program. Some municipalities have decided to be the responsible unit of government for the recycling to their citizens. If your municipality is not listed you will need to contact your municipal clerk or view your municipal website for further information on recycling.
||Paul Reed - Recycling Supervisor
||153 Evergreen Rd
Oconto, WI 54153
||Materials Recovery Facility has limited open hours. Mondays and Tuesdays. Please call ahead to assure staff are available to assist.