How about a Green Christmas - save money and resources

Dec. 2, 2010

More household waste is produced between Thanksgiving and New Year’s than any other time of the year--about six million tons of additional waste nationwide. To avoid adding to this, consider these green tips for gifts, decorations and entertaining:

• Give gifts of time and activities like plays, concerts, movies, park stickers.

• Buy in bulk to reduce packaging waste.

• Other tips at http://use-less-stuff.com/

• Make sure to place all allowable items in the recycling bin – including NEW

milk, juice and soup cartons – www.recyclecartons.com

• Recycle old electronics such as TVs, computers, printers, VCRs, DVD

players and cell phones- www.dnr.recycle.gov/ecyclewisconsin

• Learn how to compost at home – www.waukeshacounty.gov/recycling

• Cut down on food waste- freeze or share leftovers with guests

• Donate usable household items and clothing to charities and reuse

organizations or post online at www.freecycle.com or www.craigslist.com

• Visit www.ReduceYourWasteStream.org to see how 33 households in

Waukesha County reduced their waste an average of 49% and increased

recycling 66% in one month. Challenge your family to see how well you can

do!

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Waukesha County Fair

 

The 2016 Waukesha County Fair saw rain, scorching temps and tropical humidity throughout its five-day run. Check out our stories, photos and video from the fair, including coverage of the new pig, duck and goat races, the 50th annual Fairest of the Fair contest, as well as a ranking of the top food items.

Best Summer Ever

 

We've made it easy for you to get out and go this summer. From hitting the trails for a bike ride or walk, to where to find beer gardens in the area, to the best places to swim in Waukesha County to the best summer drinks and summer reads, check out our 2016 summer guide.

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