What May Be Recycled? How Do I Prepare for Pickup?
Newspapers and Magazines
Newspapers, magazines, glossy advertisements, phonebooks, and computer printouts are all recyclable. Tie newspapers and magazines into bundles, or place them in the recycling bins provided. Please take measures to ensure that paper recyclables do not get wet; place them in plastic bags if bad weather is anticipated.
Office paper is recyclable and may be placed in the recycle container. Please take measures to keep the paper dry for pickup.
Corrugated cardboard, cardboard soda cartons, and cardboard beer cartons may be recycled. Pizza boxes are not recyclable. As with all paper products that are being recycled, please take measures to ensure that they do not get wet before pickup.
Only unbroken clear, brown, or green glass that contained a food or beverage will be accepted. Rinse clean, and remove lids, please. Labels do not have to be removed. Place glass in the approved recycling bin provided by the Village. Broken glass is NOT recyclable.
Recycle milk, soda, and detergent bottles, as well as plastics with a #1 through #5 and the #7 stamp on the bottom. Rinse the container and remove its cap. Flatten items to save room, and place them in the approved recycling bin or tie them into a bundle. (Note: clean oil jugs and oil bottles may be recycled.)
All aluminum products, tin and steel cans, and metal food containers may be recycled. Rinse cans clean, and remove their labels. Flatten cans to save space, and place them in the approved recycling container.
Waste oil may be recycled if—and only if—the oil is placed in a plastic container that has a screw-on lid. NO oil-filled containers with snap-on lids will be accepted—even if they are secured with tape. Place the permitted oil container next to the recycling container at curbside on any regular pick-up day. Limit of up to 2 gallons a week.
Batteries can be recycled curbside along with other recyclables on Thursdays. Place in a cardboard box alongside your recycle container on any regular pick up day. Please contact the village to schedule pick up.
Aluminum cans can be recycled along with regular recyclables, but we encourage you to support our school by dropping off your cans at the bin located behind Benton High School.
Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFL’s)
Can be recycled at Gasser’s Hardware in Hazel Green or Menard’s.
Plastic Grocery Bags
Many grocery stores including Wal-Mart and Thompson’s IGA in Cuba City have a collection point for recycling these bags.
Computer Print Cartridges
The Benton School District has a drop off for the print cartridges located in the Benton Elementary School Commons area.
Items NOT Recyclable
- aerosol cans
- aluminum foil
- bottle caps
- cardboard-sided juice cans
- glass dishes
- glue pads
- light bulbs
- packaging pellets/peanuts/foam
- paint cans
- plastic bags
- plastic cups
- plastic medicine bottles
- plastics that are considered “hard plastics” (furniture, toys, dishes, pails, etc.)
- Pyrex glass
- syringes (Syringes should be placed in what is called a “sharps’ container.” They should be disposed of properly and not put in the recycle bins.)
- window glass
Yard Waste, Construction Material, Furniture Items, and Appliance Disposal
The Village offers pickup service for a variety of waste products and appliances. Please follow the guidelines below for the proper disposal of each.
Leaves are picked up once in the spring and once again in the fall. The pickup days are determined each season, and residents are notified of those dates. (Dates will also be announced in the “Keep Informed” section of the website.)
Please consider composting leaves and yard waste, or take them to the compost pile on Dump Road. A gate key is required to access the compost pile. Residents may sign out a key at the Village Office.
The Village does NOT pick up grass clippings; however, they may be taken to the compost pile provided on Dump Road. A gate key is required to access the compost pile and may be signed out at the Village Office.
Please consider composting grass clippings yourself, leaving them on your lawn, or finding someone who would like additional clippings for their compost piles.
Light Construction Waste (Under Half Cubic Yard in Volume)
Construction and lumber waste (including a limited amount of brick) may be bundled or placed in a container and put at the curbside for pickup on regular garbage-pickup days. The waste must be under a half cubic yard in volume. Persons having waste over that amount must make special pickup arrangements either by calling the Village Office at (608) 759-3721 or by calling Dittmer Recycling at (563) 583-3381. (Note: There may be a charge to pick up waste over a half cubic yard in volume.)
For disposal of large furniture or items that require more than one person to lift, pickup will be provided the 1st Thursday of each month. Please call the Village Office (608) 759-3721 to schedule the pickup prior to placement at curb.
Items Needing Stickers Prior to Pickup
The following items require stickers prior to being picked up for disposal. Stickers may be obtained at the Village Office during regular office hours: Tuesday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Anyone having a question may call the office at (608) 759-3721.
Tires may be disposed of ONLY by obtaining a sticker from the Village Office. There is a $2.00 sticker cost per tire. Adhere the sticker to the tire, and place the tire next to your recyclables on any Thursday of the month. NO tires will be picked up without having the appropriate sticker.
Appliances may be disposed of ONLY by obtaining a sticker from the Village Office. The cost of a sticker is $5.00 per appliance. Place the stickered appliance at curbside on the 1st Thursday of each month. NO appliance will be picked up if it does not have the applicable sticker.
Electronics are banned from Wisconsin landfills. Special pick ups are scheduled annually in August, during the village’s electronics recycling campaign. These dates & times are announced in the village’s quarterly newsletter prior to pick up. If you would like to dispose of electronic items in the interim, you must make your own arrangements.