Recycling Process Brings “Green” Convenience, National Guard and Reserve Black Hawk “Bosslift” Lifts Spirits

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Updated Recycling Process Brings “Green” Convenience

The City of Wisconsin Rapids City Council recently approved updating our recycling program to a single-stream, automated process that is more convenient for property owners, efficient, cost effective and sustainable.

photo 2Expected to begin January 3, 2017, recycling trucks will directly pick up recycling carts with a mechanical arm. Based upon the experience of many other cities and counties that for years have successfully employed automated recycling collection. This service should be prevent accidental littering from recyclable materials blowing out of bins and/or the recycling truck; and result in more materials being recycled. In addition, residents will no longer need to separate paper from other types of recyclables.

Automated collection also is much safer for collection workers and provides a cleaner “look” in neighborhoods when compared to manual collection.

Recycle binsThis fall, the City will deliver – at no direct cost to residents – a 96-gallon recycling cart on wheels with an attached lid to developed residential properties. The 96-gallon roll cart is very easy to maneuver and will allow you to load large amounts of recyclables without having to break items down into a more compact size. A 96-gallon cart holds approximately five times as much as a single 18-gallon recycling container and takes up about the same floor space as two 18-gallon recycling bins.

The City also offers an option, by resident request, to deliver a 48-gallon cart for residents who have a specific need for a smaller cart.

Carts loaded with recyclables are on display in the lobby of City Hall, allowing you to take a look and move the carts around before making your decision.

Director of Public Works Joe Terry recently mailed to City residents a letter announcing the new process, along with a Frequently Asked Questions flyer to address handling and storage concerns.

We are pleased to move to single-stream recyclable collection. This process represents the latest of City government efforts to deliver services in a manner that enhances the lives of our citizens and the livability of our community. See answers to FAQ here.

Employer Support of the National Guard and Reserves “Bosslift” Lifts Patriotic Spirits

As our City celebrated another 4th of July observance in spectacular fashion, the occasion too, serves as a reminder of the sacrifices and hard work of the uniformed men and women who protect our freedoms.

Thanks to Street Department employee and active National Guard service member First Sergeant (1SG) Sean Ringer, I recently was honored to experience the once-in-a-lifetime adventure of riding in a Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, during the June 14 “Bosslift” to Fort McCoy. This event thanks Wisconsin employers who go the “extra mile” to support employees who remain on call for duty with the National Guard and National Reserve.

First Sergeant Ringer nominated the City through the U.S. Defense Department’s Employees Supporting the Guard and Reserves (ESGR) program to represent our support of military service members. ESGR promotes cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers, and helps to resolve conflicts arising from an employee’s military commitment.

Fellow employers and I boarded at Appleton, Eau Claire, Madison, Milwaukee or Wausau, and then shared the thrilling privilege of traveling aboard the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk. This four-bladed, twin-engine utility helicopter boasts a proud history of service, dating from its 1979 introduction as the U.S. Army’s tactical transport helicopter. Advanced variants have since been deployed for Army electronic warfare and special operations; in U.S. Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard missions; and during action in Grenada, Panama, Iraq, Somalia, the Balkans, Afghanistan and a variety of sites in the Middle East.

After arriving at Fort McCoy, I had the opportunity to observe firsthand what 1SG Ringer does while fulfilling his training obligations. During a day when 1SG Ringer was conducting collective training, we had time to get together and share the occasion.

Bosslift is an experience I will long remember – not only as a personal honor, but also as a vivid reminder of the character, courage and intelligence embodied by our military. As a City and employer, we salute and will always support the service of individuals such as 1SG Ringer and other city employees past and present, who contribute to the betterment of our community and our nation with dedication and pride.

For more, see this article from Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office, here.

Thanks for reading,

Mayor Zach Vruwink

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