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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.

Annual Hoofer Ski & Snowboard Resale

 Annual Hoofer Ski & Snowboard Resale

Vendors and the public will bring in winter sports equipment for the annual Hoofer Ski Snowboard Resale. Prices are significantly lower than retail.

The event will be held at Union South, 1308 W. Dayton St., on Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 4, from 9 am to 3 p.m.

Proceeds from the sales help fund the Hoofer Alpine and Nordic competitive ski teams as well as the general Ski & Snowboard Club.

To drop off equipment, you can go to the Union South at a room on the second floor or third floor on Dec. 1 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. or on Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Madison To Offer Holiday Lights Recycling

Madison To Offer Holiday Lights Recycling

The city of Madison is launching a program to recycling holiday lights at its drop off locations at 1501 W. Badger Rd. and 4602 Sycamore Ave. Madison residents will be able to recycling their light strings during the month of December at no charge.

"We know that many residents are changing to new energy efficient LED holiday lights and have lots of older light strings they would like to dispose of," Madison recycling coordinator George Dreckmann said in a news release. "We are happy to provide them a recycling option for their old lights."

Madison will accept any light strings as well as old extension cords as part of the program. Residents who have older lights with large bulbs are asked to remove those bulbs. There is no need to remove bulbs from strings of mini lights.

Arboretum Local Products Expo Encourages Shopping Green, Local

Arboretum Local Products Expo Encourages Shopping Green, Local

Holiday shopping takes on a local, sustainable twist at the "Close to Home: Arboretum Local Products Expo" on Sunday, Nov. 27 at the UW Arboretum.

Forty vendors will celebrate recycling, sustainability and locally produced goods from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Arboretum Visitor Center at 1207 Seminole Highway, at the third annual expo.

The expo supports the Arboretum founder Aldo Leopold's land ethic and the Arboretum's mission to heal and sustain the land.

Last year's expo drew 1,000 people for a one-stop spot for holiday shopping -- especially shopping for art, edibles and "green" gifts.

This year's version adds to a long list of gift goodies, from locally produced chocolates, cheeses, honey, cookies and home canned goods to handmade mittens, scarves, purses, tote bags and jewelry-along with pottery, art, skin care products and much more.