NEWS RELEASE: Monday, July 25, 2016
Residents Asked to Properly Dispose of Dangerous Materials, Avoid Fires
(WAUKESHA, WI) – Waukesha County officials are asking residents to protect the safety of collection and facility workers by properly disposing of dangerous, hazardous and flammable materials. This year, several fires have erupted at the Waukesha County/City of Milwaukee Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) due to improper disposal of propane tanks and flammable residues in curbside recycling containers.
“Residents must understand that improper disposal of dangerous and non-recyclable materials not only causes costly damage to the equipment, but also puts curbside collection and recycling facility workers at serious risk,” said Rebecca Mattano, Recycling & Solid Waste Supervisor for Waukesha County. “Much of this work is done by hand, creating a hazardous situation for people who are providing service to us all.”
Curbside collection workers monitor materials before placing them into the recycling truck. However, it can be difficult to screen the materials in large recycling containers for potentially hazardous materials. Residents can “recycle right” to ensure that all potentially hazardous materials are properly disposed of and do not make it into curbside recycling containers. These materials include:
• Propane cylinders
• Lighter fluid
• Hazardous materials
• Flammable and combustible items
Properly Dispose of Hazardous Materials
For proper disposal information, download the free mobile app ‘Waukesha County Recycles’ in the App Store or Google Play Store, or visit our website www.waukeshacounty.gov/recycling or call 262-896-8300.
Land Resources Division
Waukesha County Parks & Land Use
515 W. Moreland Blvd. AC260
Waukesha, WI 53188