Tuesday, September 17, 2013

LaCrosse Trash/Recycling Rules, Changes Next Year, by Ellen Barrett

Entering the 2013-2014 school year, it is important to stay updated on La Crosse’s waste management policies.

For those who live off campus: Bagged trash must be placed in a plastic/metal container weighing no more than 50 pounds. Cardboard must be broken down and placed next to the garbage receptacle (no pizza boxes.) Large items are picked up every two weeks on the area’s designated collection day. (Limit is 4 large items, each under 200 pounds.) To view an area's collection dates, visit www.cityoflacrosse.org

A designated, green recycling bin should also be issued to tenants. If lost, bins are available for $8 at the City Hall Public Works office. La Crosse incorporates dual recycling. This means newspaper must be separated from the other recyclables in the bin with a cotton tie or placed into a paper bag. Other acceptable materials include glass jars and bottles (lids must be removed,) empty steel cans, aluminum cans, and plastic #1 and #2. All food residue must be removed prior to recycling.

For those who live on campus there are more recycling opportunities: Garbage and recycling receptacles are located outside of dormitories and inside the main buildings. Acceptable materials within the co-mingled receptacle include empty aerosol cans, aluminum containers, glass bottles and jars, plastic #1 through #7, and tin or bimetal cans. Acceptable materials within the paper receptacle include books, cardboard, magazines, newspaper, notebooks, and much more. The remaining trash may be placed in the garbage receptacle. For the complete list of acceptable recyclables on campus, visit www.uwlax.edu/fpm/recycling/resources.htm.

Note: La Crosse is currently in the process of changing the recycling standards for the 2014 year.