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MADISON – A new pilot program from the Department of Natural Resources has recognized 50 local governments and the Ho-Chunk Nation for their superior recycling efforts in Wisconsin.
Dunn County was among the winners in the Excellence in Wisconsin Recycling – Project, which went to local governments or tribes nominated for recycling projects/initiatives begun in 2012 that were above and beyond the minimum requirements for an effective recycling program.
The agency’s “Recycling Excellence Awards” pilot focuses on towns, villages, cities, counties and tribes in the west and south central parts of the state, with the goal of encouraging and rewarding communities doing great recycling work while driving friendly competition to improve their programs.
“This program was designed to increase communities’ interest in recycling and offer a positive experience for our state recycling program,” said Ann Coakley, Waste and Materials Management Program director.
The department handed out awards to 29 local governments in the south central part of the state, 21 in the west central area and one to the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin. The majority of the awards were based on 2012 annual reporting data.
Pending feedback from this year’s pilot, Coakley added that the agency will consider expanding the program to the entire state when the DNR hands out awards in 2014.