Recycling in Sussex: The Dos and Don'ts of What to Toss
From electronics to paints to plastics, this is an overview of what should be thrown in your bin, and where to get rid of pesky items lying in your house.
Who knew garbage could be so complicated?
Everyone knows things like newspapers and soda cans can be recycled in the roadside bin, but things get tricky when its time to get rid of that old paint pail or an old, useless computer.
Here are some tips to help you sort it all out.
Wisconsin has a statewide recycling program called E-Cycle Wisconsin to collect certain items that are hazardous to the environment. The law also bans certain items from going into landfills or incinerators:
- Computers (desktops, laptops and even tablets)
- Desktop printers
- Computer accessories
- DVD players, DVRs and VCRs
- Fax machines
- Cell phones
The only problem is, according to the state Department of Natural Resources and the village website, Sussex doesn't have a pickup site for electronics. However, the neighboring communities like Menomonee Falls and Pewaukee all have places where people can drop off these pesky items.
- Best Buy in Menomonee Falls
- Goodwill in Menomonee Falls
- Milwaukee PC in Menomonee Falls
- Goodwill in Pewaukee
- The Department of Public Works in Pewaukee
- Office Max in Pewaukee
People can also visit Earth911.com for information on where to recycle odd things like cars.
Another hassle is getting rid of bigger items like large household appliances, toilets or furniture. These items require a special pickup, and each Sussex household gets one "bulky item" pickup each year for free. Any more after that and there will be a $10 fee.
To request a pickup, residents just need to call Veolia, the garbage company, at (262) 367-6040.
Because latex paint is water soluble, it's not considered a hazardous material. Therefore, its not accepted at the county's hazardous waste collections sites.
The best way to get rid of latex paint is to use it or donate it. However, if that's not an option, people should try letting it dry out. To do it quickly, try adding cat litter or waste paint hardener. Once it's dry, put it at the curb with your other trash with the lid off so collectors know it's safe to take.