Recycling

Our Passion and Commitment to Recycling

We understand the importance of taking care of our natural resources, and we fully support all efforts to recycle as much as possible.

Our Commingled Recycling Collection program (the gathering of a combination of recycling items) significantly increases the volume of items recycled by all our customers, when compared to a “source separated” collection program.

We are fully committed to helping reduce waste. Our program is an expansion of traditional recycling collection that will reduce the amount of waste sent to the landfill, and increase the amount of material sent for recycling.

Commingled Curbside Recycling

We collect and recycle various materials — no sorting is needed for these items.
Items should be cleaned or uncontaminated.
You can put them all in one container when placing on your curb.

Here are the items that we accept:

co-mingled recycling curbside pick-up newspaper

Newspapers, Boxboard and Household Paper

co-mingled recycling curbside pick-up cardboard

Corrugated Cardboard

co-mingled recycling curbside pick-up cardboard containers

Beverage Cartons & Boxes

Milk & juice cartons & juice boxes

co-mingled recycling curbside pick-up metal containers

Metal Containers

Food and beverage cans and aluminum foil, trays and plates

co-mingled recycling curbside pick-up glass bottles

Glass Bottles & Jars

Food and beverage bottles and jars

co-mingled recycling curbside pick-up plastic bottles

Plastic Bottles, Jugs & Jars

Plastic bottles, jugs and jars used for beverages, shampoo, lotions, cleaners, windshield washer fluid, and other household liquids

co-mingled recycling curbside pick-up paint cans

EMPTY Aerosol and Metal Paint Cans

co-mingled recycling curbside pick-up plastic containers

Other Plastic Food Containers

Plastic food tubs for yogurt, margarine, sour cream, cottage cheese and ice cream

Items Collected in our Commingled Recycling Program:

Paper – Newspaper, mixed paper, office paper, chipboard, magazines, phonebooks, spiral notebooks, junk mail, milk & juice cartons, etc…
Cardboard (including wax coated cardboard)
Plastic – #1 through #7 plastic items; no plastic bags/film, styrofoam, or syringes
Glass – all color glass containers (food and beverage containers); no windows, mirrors, or light bulbs
Metal Containers – Aluminum, steel, and tin cans (food and beverage containers); no e-waste, TVs, or computer parts

Other Items We Can Help You Recycle

Please call us for more information.
Note, there is a small fee to recycle some of these items with us.

  • Electronic waste (TVs, computers, stereos, VCRs, etc.)
  • Appliances (freezers, washers & dryers, microwaves, stoves etc.)
  • Tires
  • Metal items
  • Florescent bulbs
  • Batteries (lead-acid, rechargeable)
recycling aluminum can drop-off

Aluminum Can Recycling Drop-Off At Our Location

You can drop off your aluminum cans at our location. We pay cash for your cans. Drop-Off Hours: Monday-Friday, 8-4:30 pm

Single Stream Recycling Videos

John’s Recycling: Single Stream Recycling

In 2010 Southwest Sanitation partnered with John’s Recycling in Whitewater, WI.  Due to their vast access to commodity markets, John’s accepts the expanded list of commingled recycling we now collect. Collection volumes have increased approximately 30% as a result. Commingled recycling collection is easier for you, and safer for us. It’s also much more efficient than “source separated” collection.  Our trucks and crew spend 1/4 the time in collecting their routes as before. Watch the video above to see what happens to your recycling after it’s delivered to John’s Recycling Center.

Eagle Waste & Recycling

In 2011 Southwest Sanitation partnered with Eagle Waste and Recycling of Eagle River, Wisconsin to add another Material Recovery Facility. Working with Eagle offers us increased flexibility, redundancy, and efficiency for our recycling program and enables us to keep costs low for those services. 

Single Stream Recycling

Recycling Sort Facilities

Recycling Demonstration