Household recycling guide
More important than ever is the effort we individually put in to recycle right! Join us at Marathon County Solid Waste in pledging to maintain better recycling habits. You can make your pledge and learn more here.
two ways to recycle at your curb: single and dual
SINGLE STREAM: Put rinsed containers (glass, metal, plastic) into the same bin with papers and flattened cardboard. Labels can stay on containers. Remove plastic caps from metal or glass, but plastic caps may remain on plastic containers.
DUAL STREAM: Put rinsed containers into one bin (glass, metal, plastic), and paper and flattened cardboard in a separate bin.
For the method your hauler uses, call the info line at 877-270-3989. If you don’t have curbside recycling, you can bring your recyclables to the solid waste department free of charge. For more details, call the info line.
There is some recycling that is required by law, and some that is not required but should still be practiced where available; this is called “voluntary recycling.” While it may not be required by law, we are lucky to be able to recycle more items than ever before…let’s all jump at the chance to reduce waste and recycle more!
Office paper and Junk mail
Catalogs and magazines
Phone books & paperback books
Envelopes with or without windows
Flatten paper egg cartons and containers, cardboard, rolls & tubes
GLASS: jars and bottles (rinsed out)
CANS: aluminum (do not crush), steel (push partially attached lid into can), aerosol (must be empty, non-pesticide)
PLASTIC: bottles & jugs (#1 and #2 plastics)
Rinse out all the items below and mix with your recyclable containers:
ASEPTIC BOXES & PAPER CARTONS: Soup, milk, broth, orange juice, soy milk, etc. Discard plastic caps. Do not remove spouts. Flatten
#1- #5 PLASTIC CONTAINERS: Food, beverage, deli, ice cream, yogurt, cottage cheese, bakery, medicine/pill bottles, kitty litter buckets, brown beverage bottles, frozen food containers/trays.
#3 - #5 PLASTICS: Flower pots or trays, clear/rigid clam shell packaging, 5 gallon pails, small toys. Must fit in bin.
DO NOT LEAVE THE FOLLOWING #3 - #5 PLASTICS AT THE CURB:
Plastic 55-gallon drums
Large plastic furniture (chairs, tables, etc.)
Large plastic toys (playhouses, slides, etc.)
...They may be taken to the Solid Waste Department for recycling.
you can always support recycling and minimize waste!
Look for and buy recycled content; whether clothes, printer paper, greeting cards, paper tissue and towels, carpet, lumber, decking, fencing, or anything else, there are many recycled options out there to help you minimize resource impact and reduce your waste.
do not put into recycling bins
Any # plastic bag - click here for recycling info
Plastic film (zip-loc bags, toilet paper packaging, newspaper bags, packaging film) - click here for recycling info
Plastic straws, plates, or silverware
Styrofoam #6 plastic (egg cartons, plates, hot beverage cups, formed packing pieces, or packing peanuts)
Aluminum baking pans or foil
Liners (metal or plastic)
Mirror or window glass
Motor oil containers
Light bulbs - click here for recycling info
Ceramics or clay pots
Soiled papers (tissues, towels, cardboard, etc.)
Foam or polystyrene
Vinyl siding, etc. - click here for recycling info
Wisconsin’s Electronics Recycling Law
Wisconsin's Electronics Recycling Law bans the landfilling and incineration of: computers, laptops, printers, televisions, DVD players, computer peripherals, fax machines, VCRs, phones with video displays, and more. All of these items, plus others, are able to be recycled at MCSWD for a fee (ranging $5 to $30). For more information on where/how to recycle electronics click here.