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

How’d you like your asbestos?
Every so often I receive one of those mysterious calls… “Ah, Mr. Sexton” (that’s enough to make me suspicious right off the bat!), “ I have this friend and I, I mean he, thinks that he has some, uh, well, asbestos.… My friend wants to do the right thing, but… I,… I mean he, doesn’t want to spend $ 10,000 getting it cleaned up and properly disposed of”.

Asbestos typically comes in two forms, friable and non-friable. The friable form is t Read more-->
Earth Day, thinking globally acting localy
The American Forest and Paper Association reports that an additional 14 lbs of paper products were recycled for every person in the United States in 2006 compared to 2005.

Now, the bad news… only 53.4% of recyclable paper is actually recycled in the United States. A much better recovery percentage than glass, plastic or tin cans, but obviously in need of some improvement.

In the last few months, there have been a couple ‘educa Read more-->
School’s in
Many of you have seen the commercial where a parent is dancing through a store, shopping for back to school supplies, while disgruntled kids listen to Andy Williams sing, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” Yes, school has begun and with it a new wave of waste reduction projects and programs.

A number of teachers year in and year out, teach there students by talking trash. Calculating recycling percentages, charting composting t Read more-->
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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