Recycling

Recycling

Buchanan uses Single Stream Recycling. This means that all recycling can be placed in one recycling container (paper, cardboard, aluminum, tin, plastic and glass may now be mixed together). It is highly recommended to affix decals to all recycling bins. These decals help waste haulers identify your bin for recycling. Decals are available are at the Town Hall.

Thank you to everyone who participates in the Outagamie County Recycling Program by either placing your recyclable materials at the curb for pick up, or by bringing them to the recycling drop off site. This exceptional participation has contributed to the success of our program.

For recycling information please visit www.RecycleMoreOutagamie.org.

How-To-Guide To Recycling

Material YES NO
Glass Green, Clear and Brown bottles and jars only! Windows, mirrors, light bulbs, drinking glasses, ceramic dishes
Tin and steel cans Food cans only Pesticide aerosol or paint cans, pots and pans, nails, screws
Aluminum Cans and bottles only Foil and bottle caps, paint cans, pots and pans
Plastic Milk, Soda, Soap and Detergent Bottles. Dairy Containers: Yogurt, Margarine, Cottage Cheese, Sour Cream, etc. Also Includes Produce, Bakery & Deli Containers: Berry, Donut, Potato Salad, Dips, etc. Oil bottles, toys, pesticide containers.
Paper/Cardboard

Cartons for: Milk, Soy Milk, Juice, Cream Egg Substitutes, Broth, Soup, Wine etc. Newspapers, Magazines, Junk Mail, Cardboard Cut Down to 2'X2'

Bathroom waste, carbon paper, cellophane, waxed anything, candy wrappers, napkins, paper cups, and pizza boxes

If you do not have a recycling container, you can use a Rubbermaid tote or an old clothes basket. Your can even use a trash can. The recycling container must be labeled Recycling stickers for labeling the container are available at the Town Hall.. If you have any questions call Advanced Disposal Services, Inc. at (800)279-1930.

New! Additional Items to Recycle

All plastic containers that are commonly found in the dairy, deli, bakery and produce sections of the grocery store can now be recycled. Common items found in these plastic containers include, but are not limited to; yogurt, sour cream, margarine, cookies, donuts, blueberries, potato and pasta salads and dips. Also accepted now are cartons such as milk, juice, soup, broth and kids juice boxes.

Construction & Demolition Waste Donations

Outagamie County residents and businesses have an opportunity to donate used and excess construction or building materials, instead of land-filling it, through the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.  For further information visit the Habitat ReStore website or call (920) 830-4900.  The ReStore is located at 3000 E. College Avenue, Appleton.

Shingle Recycling

Asphalt shingles can be recycled! Shingles are ground up to be re-used in roadways, new roofing material, fuel oil and cold patch for potholes and driveways. It costs less to recycle shingles than it does to landfill. Please check with one of the following shingles recyclers for hours and fees.

Forward Vision Environmental, 2500 Cold Spring Rd., Appleton, WI (920) 660-2802.

Tire Recycling

Outagamie County residents can bring tires to the landfill but will be charged the landfill's normal tire disposal rates. All tires exceeding 18" in size will be charged $4.00 per tire or $150.00 per ton. This program is for households only, no business tires are accepted.

Medication Drop

Dispose of unused and unwanted pet and human medication at the following locations:

  • City of Appleton Police Dept., located at 222 S. Walnut Street, Appleton. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • City of Seymour Police Dept. located at 306 N. Main St., Available Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Sharps/Needles Proper Disposal

For the safety of the recycling and landfill staff, all needles, lacerts and syringes must be properly disposed of and NOT placed in the garbage or recycling. Wisconsin law requires all citizens to manage these sharps safely. For more information visit Outagamie County Public Health at www.outagamie.org.

Electronics Recycling

The following electronics must be recycled per State law: computers, monitors, televisions and other video display devices, fax machines, scanners, printers and cell phones. For a full list of electronic collectors and recyclers check the Wisconsin DNR website.

Batteries

All kinds for batteries are recyclable, but not with your curbside collection. Please check out website for locations to recycle batteries: www.RecycleMoreOutagamie.org.

Oil Filters & Absorbents

Effective January 1, 2011 oil filters and absorbents must be recycled. This applies to homeowners, farmers and businesses. Oil filters from cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, snowmobiles, forklifts, tractors, ATV's and UTV's. More than one gallon of absorbents such as oil dry, rags, wipes, paper toweling, kitty litter, pillows, socks and pads must be recycled. Check our website for homeowner and business disposal options at www.RecycleMoreOutagamie.org.

Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Residents of Outagamie County can have their waste fluorescent light bulbs, which are generated in their homes, recycled at the Outagamie County Solid Waste Facility. The nominal fee charged for bulb recycling is $0.50 per 4-foot bulb and $1.00 per 8-foot bulb. Please note, landfill disposal of waste fluorescent bulbs from businesses and industry is prohibited in the State of Wisconsin. If you would like additional information about fluorescent light bulb recycling requirements, please call (920)-968-5721.

Just a few reminders

The ONLY paper NOT recyclable in a household is:

  • Food contaminated paper (e.g. Pizza boxes, egg cartons, paper plates)
  • Gift-wrap
  • Tissue products (paper towels, Kleenex)
  • Diapers are not recyclable. Please place in your trash cans.

Solid Waste Tarping Policy

All open loads of solid waste or recycling material delivered to the Outagamie County Dept. of Solid Waste by car, truck, trailer or other vehicle must be secured and covered with a tarp. Any load not secured and covered with a tarp will need to pay an additional $10.00 fee, for which a tarp will be issued, otherwise unloading will not be allowed.

Compost Bins For Sale

Outagamie County has compost bins available for purchase. The bins can be picked up at the Mosquito Hill Nature Center Tuesday-Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm and Saturday-Sunday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The Home Composter is an easy-to-assemble compost bin measuring 3′ wide by 3′ tall and holds 13 cubic feet of material. Cost is $50.00 each, which includes sales tax and a guidebook.

For more information go to the Mosquito Hill webpage.