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New St. Croix County recycling specialist continues duties

by Megen Hines

Hello! My name is Megen Hines and I am the new Recycling Specialist in St. Croix County. I’ve been on the job since October in helping the recycling program transition but have recently fully taken over the duties of the position. I grew up in rural Pierce County and currently live with my husband and son in Eau Claire. I’ve earned bachelor’s degrees in Meteorology from St. Cloud State University and in Environmental Science from UW-Stout.

 While I’ve always been an avid recycler, my motivation to work in recycling as a career came from an internship with Dunn County Solid Waste during college. This internship provided me in-depth knowledge of the state’s recycling laws, allowed me to develop and implement a recycling education program and meet a lot of professionals within the industry. My other professional work comes from researching wetlands and water quality in the Chippewa Moraine State Recreational Area while employed at UW-Stout.

My goal is to help continue the great recycling tradition in St. Croix County and provide convenient opportunities for residents and businesses to recycle a variety of items. I look forward to meeting and working with local residents, businesses, civic organization and municipal officials that have helped create the excellent recycling culture in St. Croix County. I am available to speak about recycling for school groups, meetings, youth groups or any other gathering. Please feel free to contact me at 715-531-1907 or email me at For recycling information, please visit our website at or “like” us on Facebook at