Informational Stories

     Welcome to the Oneida County Solid Waste Department's Informational Story page. You'll find a lot of very interesting and informational stories here from OCSWD's director of operations Freeman Bennett, as well as from past OCSWD's director Bart Sexton. Stories on how to help our environment, how to reduce the amount of garbage that we throw away, how to deal with certain types of recycling issues, how to handle the disposal of hazardous waste, and a lot more. If you have any questions please contact Brain Dutcher either by phone: 715-282-4945 or you can email him at

Just sign on the dotted line……
The salesman makes his pitch…”Yup, just sign the contract and we’ll take care of all your recycling and garbage, no problemo!”.

You take a look at the nearly two pages of fine, light print before you. Harking back on a million years of evolution, your survival instincts kick in! The ‘little bell’ going off in your head is more the size of the Liberty Bell. To borrow a line from my daughters’ Madeline movie, “Something is not right”. Read more-->
Been there,…Done that
After spotting me in the checkout isle, the older gentleman made his accusation, “You’re that kid from the landfill, right?”. I’m getting to that point in my life where only Ted Lassig and a few county board supervisors refer to me as a kid any more, so I really kinda like the nomer. “Yes, sir I am”.

The sparkle in his eyes let me know that he’d been waiting for this opportunity for some time. “All this composting and recycling your do Read more-->
If ya’ can’t stand the heat, get out of the compost pile!
We’ve been known to tinker now and again at the Oneida County Solid Waste Department. Alright, we’re tinkering on something new most of the time… A project that we’ve been wanting to try for couple years is now, in being tested in prototype.

Like many things we try, we’re just stealing the idea from somebody else. I won’t say borrow, because if it works I’m sure not going to give the idea back!

Last month we set up a small greenho
Been there,…Done that Delays, delays
Demolition Man Demolition Man, demolished
Dump tours Dumps O’er Wisconsin
Haunting Hazardous Waste Hey Buddy, Got a Landfill?
Historical Composting How’d you like your asbestos?
If at first, second If you have a hard time reading this, perhaps you should recycle your glasses!
It’s spring time, do you feel… hazardous? Just sign on the dotted line……
Mercury My…Oh My Mommas don’t let your babies grow up to be junk men
Oneida County Compost, the compost with guts! And, probably for sale this spring! Paper Recycling Exceeds 50%!
Perennial Plastics Problems School’s in
So, are we recycling, or not?! Spinning Recycling Percentages
The Empire Strikes Garbage! The Good Stuff
Tis’ a sad, sad day…..Bob was right?!!! We’re not only still recycling, but it’s easier?!
004 Composting Season Opens! A composter’s guide to better leaf areas in the City of Rhinelander
Earth Day, thinking globally acting localy Governor’s Task Force on Waste Materials Recovery and Disposal: Part I
Governor’s Task Force on Waste Materials Recovery and Disposal: Part II Electronics, We’ll all be in the same boat, does anybody know the words to Kumbaya? If ya’ can’t stand the heat, get out of the compost pile!
Oneida County Solid Waste Department Takes Drugs! Responsible Manufacturers… the rest is up to us!
The Recycling Inspector Cometh… Thinking Globally, Acting Locally

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