New St. Croix County recycling specialist begins duties

Hello! My name is Jon Tulman. I am delighted to have begun employment, starting on January 6, as St. Croix County’s recycling specialist. I grew up in Connecticut, earned a bachelor’s degree in American History from Clark University and then a master’s in Elementary Education from the University of Massachusetts.

 I moved to Wisconsin in 1979 to begin graduate work in natural resources management at UW-Stevens Point. While at Point, I helped start the school’s first recycling effort, a program run entirely by student volunteers. I am proud that from these seeds the university eventually began a formal campus-wide recycling program that has since earned national recognition.

My professional work in recycling began in 1990 when I was a 4-H agent in Maine and that state began implementing mandatory recycling. In 1992 I took a position with Chippewa County Extension as a Community Resource Agent and worked hand in hand with the county’s solid waste coordinator in promoting recycling in that county.

The majority of my career, however, was serving as Eau Claire County’s recycling administrator for 17 years in my position as the county’s associate planner. During my time in Eau Claire I worked closely with neighboring counties, including St. Croix, so I come into this job with some familiarity with the county’s recycling program.

My wife and I moved to Hudson in 2010. After leaving employment with Eau Claire County, I have been doing substitute teaching and writing an environmental column for Family Times, a Chippewa Valley publication.

I look forward to meeting and working with residents, local officials, civic organizations, and the private businesses that have helped make recycling a success story in St. Croix County. Please feel free to contact me at 715-531-1907 or by email at jon.tulman@co.saint-croix.wi.us.