The City has an extensive recycling program that is offered every other week for collection. The City found that 91% of collected materials in recycling carts were recyclable materials in 2020. Recyclables must be loose in the cart that is provided to have it picked up, which has a 200 pound limit. However, you can take flattened cardboard to the City's drop-off site and place it in the residential cardboard dumpster, which is the only recyclable that can be dropped off that doesn't fit in the cart. Visit the City's website for more information regarding recycling and to view the cheat sheet.
Do you produce more recycling that your cart can handle? If so, you can request an extra recycling cart. There may be a fee attached to receive the additional cart.
For those who need to get rid of old technology, the City accepts electronic waste at the City's drop off site per their website. However, there is a fee associated with the electronic waste determined by the type of electronic. The City will accept televisions, computers with accessories, printers, and cell phones. Periodically, the City will host a free E-waste day that allows residents to drop off items for free. This is typically noticed on the City's website as well as in the Verona Press.
You have always wanted to compost, but have no idea where to begin. You are in luck as there are several websites that can give you guidance. The City has guidelines for composting in residential areas. If you are an apartment dweller, there are still ways to compost based on this website. There are private companies that a person can hire for a charge to take their food waste to convert to compost.
The following are a couple of additional websites for a beginner's guide to composting.
- University of Wisconsin has a website that contains information on how to compost with a list of resources and publications listed.
- National Public Radio (NPR) has an article that has broken down composting into five steps and offers hints of what would attract pests to a compost pile.
- Remax has an article that explains the tools needed to compost, the compost setup from making your own compost spot to purchasing a compost container, what can and cannot be composted, maintenance tips, and troubleshooting.
- These two articles (link 1 and link 2) confirm that you can compost even in winter with a couple of additional tips such as having a bin closer to the house and ways to speed up the process.