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FoodShare Redemption Increases At Madison Farmers' Markets

FoodShare Redemption Increases At Madison Farmers' Markets

After losing farmers’ market access when government food assistance switched from paper to plastic forms of payment, last year Madison electronic FoodShare redemption at farmers’ markets reached its highest dollar amount yet.

No Refuse, Recycling, Large Item Collection On Monday

No Refuse, Recycling, Large Item Collection On Monday

There will be no refuse or recycling collection on Monday, Jan. 16 because of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. Residents who normally have their refuse and recycling collected on Monday will have their material collected on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

The Streets Division will be collecting refuse from residents in both the Monday and Tuesday refuse collection districts. It is important that residents have their material out by 7 a.m. 

The Streets Division's offices and self-help drop off sites will also be closed on Monday.

The final round of Christmas tree collection will also start on Tuesday. Residents should have their trees out at the curb for collection by 7 a.m. to insure collection during this final round.

New Business, ScooterCabs, Helps Eliminate Drunk Driving

New Business, ScooterCabs, Helps Eliminate Drunk Driving

ScooterCabs, a local business created by three University of Wisconsin-Madison grads, aims to provide an affordable alternative to taking a taxi home or driving under the influence. 

The service was created as an extra option for patrons that drive out to a bar or restaurant and have a few too many drinks.  The concept is similar to a taxi, except for one fundamental difference; the taxi is now the patron’s own vehicle.  There is no longer a need for patrons to abandon their vehicle at the bar or restaurant to make it home safely.

"With Wisconsin’s high rates of drunk driving, Madison seemed to have a need for this type of service," said owner Justin Sisley, "but even for the majority of people who would make the responsible decision to call a cab, our service provides a much more convenient option for them.  No more waiting around for a friend or cab to take you back to your car in the morning."

Clean Sweep Expands With New Winter Hours

Clean Sweep Expands With New Winter Hours

The Clean Sweep Program for recycling household hazardous waste will be open with new winter hours. This is the first such seasonal expansion of the program, according to county officials.

In recognition of this, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said that "Clean Sweep is a highly successful program that has kept unnecessary and hazardous waste out of the county landfill. We're excited to announce its expansion into the winter months and encourage people can take advantage of it."

Madison mayor Paul Soglin added, “Clearly the generation of hazardous waste is not restricted to one season. I am pleased that the Clean Sweep Program is expanding, as it will not only remove the hazardous materials from our homes but help maintain the integrity of our environment.”

Dane County is trying out a limited winter season during these hours:

2012 Winter Hours:

Madison's Recycling Program To Expand In 2012

Madison's Recycling Program To Expand In 2012

The city of Madison will be expanding the list of materials that it will accept in its curbside recycling program beginning Jan. 1. The changes are possible because of a new recycling processing contract the city has signed with Pellitteri Waste Systems of Madison.

"We are very excited about our new recycling contract," Madison recycling coordinator George Dreckmann said in a news release. "In addition to expanding the list of materials that Madison residents can put in their green recycling carts, we were able to negotiate a lower fee for sorting and selling our material. This lower fee will save taxpayers $173,470 per year."

Madison residents will now be able to add the following material to their recycling carts;

Christmas Tree Collections Begin In Madison

Christmas Tree Collections Begin In Madison

Starting Jan. 3, the Madison Streets Department will begin collecting Christmas trees. Trees will be processed at the curb with on-street chippers, officials said.

Officials urge residents to make sure the trees are completely free of all decorations. They said the expensive chippers can be damaged if foreign objects are forgotten on the trees.

Residents should put the trees at the edge of the street. If trees are buried in snow, residents need to dig the trees out. Tree stands must be removed along with decorations and tree bags, officials said.

Wreaths, evergreen rope, garlands and boughs will not be collected by the city.

The first round of collection will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 3 with the second round of collection stating on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

For more information, call 608-267-2088 or go to www.cityofmadison.com/streets.

Salvation Army Says Donations Are Up

Salvation Army Says Donations Are Up

The Salvation Army of Dane County said more people are ringing bells and giving this holiday season.

Preliminary retail numbers show more people are shopping this holiday season, and it looks like Dane County's shoppers are giving more to those famous red kettles.

The Salvation Army of Dane County said its current kettle donation total of $156,000 is up $10,000 from last year at this time. And bringing technology to the forefront of its Red Kettle campaign, the Salvation Army is hoping QR codes help recruit volunteers and prompt shoppers to make credit card donations.

"We have worked very hard this season to get the coverage," said Maj. Loren Carter. "Because we figured that each shift represents about a $100 of income at each location. And so the coverage is very important."

Out of 12,000 total bell ringing shifts, 7,000 shifts are left for the season. The goal for this year's campaign is set at $715,000.