For many years running, the Conservation Committee has hosted a “Clean Green” recycling and safe disposal opportunity in Shorewood to encourage proper reuse or recycling of difficult household items and reduce the landfill-bound waste stream in our community.
In 2017, the Conservation Committee made the decision to join forces with the organizers of the annual Fish and Feather Festival and roll our usual Conservation Fair into the October 14 event at Hubbard Park. Our recycling collection will take place in the upper parking lot from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the Fish and Festival happening down below in the circle drive and lawn area from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Many of the great educational, advocacy, and community organizations doing vital work in river and land conservation in the Milwaukee area will be on hand to answer your questions and offer family-friendly activities.
Our collection event in the upper parking lot will feature Goodwill for clothing, electronics, and household items, ReStore for building materials, furniture, and other household items, and TJM Solutions for unwanted latex paint. The Police Department will be collecting expired and unwanted medications and prescription drugs. The Conservation Committee will be collecting old tennis shoes, corks, CFL light bulbs, and batteries for safe recycling.
If you are in the habit of purging such items during spring cleaning, here are some ongoing opportunities for recycling unusual or problematic items:
Batteries and electronics - Goodwill location at 2830 N. Oakland Ave.
Corks - Outpost location on Capitol Dr.
CFL lightbulbs - Outpost location on Capitol Dr., Home Depot on Port Washington Dr.
Tennis shoes (not wearable) - Urban Ecology Center at Riverside Park
Plastic bags - Outpost location on Capitol Dr., Metro Market on Oakland Ave.
Cell phones - Outpost location on Capitol Dr.
Hazardous fluids and fuel waste - MMSD has both ongoing drop-off and special events
Brita Pitcher filters - You can mail them back to Brita! Just print a free shipping label: https://www.brita.com/recycling-filters/.
Electronics. Shorewood DPW (“If it plugs into an outlet or runs on batteries, we can recycle it!”): Shorewood residents may bring their electronic items to the Department of Public Works facility for recycling on the first Saturday of each month throughout the year. Additionally, the Center is open the third Saturday of the month from April to November from
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please note that a $25-50 fee applies to all television sets and monitors dependent upon size. Recyclable items list.
Document shredding. Two local options. Also check with your personal bank or credit union.
North Shore Bank offers a free, annual community shredding event the first weekend of May. https://www.northshorebank.com/about-us/community/free-community-shredding-day.aspx
UPS on Oakland offers an ongoing opportunity with Iron Mountain shredding and charges $1 per pound. https://shorewood-wi-1971.theupsstorelocal.com/.
Still have odd or miscellaneous items you’d like to recycle? Visit TerraCycle, an innovative company giving all sorts of “waste” a second life: http://www.terracycle.com/en-US.