Rapids recycles


 I am pleased to announce the City of Wisconsin Rapids has received an award from the Department of Natural Resources for having the most cost effective recycling program in our region! We are among Madison and others as the most cost effective program in the West Central Region of the state, based on data collected from annual reports on outreach and pounds collected.

Our Public Works Superintendent, James Borski, recently received a letter from the Recycling Program at the DNR congratulating the City on achieving the Recycling Excellence Award for “Superior performance in 2012.”

The Recycling Excellence Awards are part of a program designed by the state to increase interest in recycling and offer a positive experience for local governments in Wisconsin’s recycling program. The goal is to encourage and reward communities for doing great recycling work while also driving friendly competition to improve programs.

While the City’s average collection rate of 14% remains well below the national average of 34%, we now are faced with a challenge to scale our collection program without scaling our costs! Expect more information on how we can approach this challenge as we move into 2014.

You can find more information on the recycling recognition program here.