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April 13, 2012

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April 20 recycling facility tours support Earth Day observance

Members of the Fort McCoy community are encouraged to support Earth Day, Sunday, April 22.

Mandy Radloff, chief of the Fort McCoy Environmental Compliance Branch, said the installation and local communities have a few events scheduled to support Earth Day that can be done on an individual basis.

Fort McCoy recycles about 30 different items ranging from waste cooking oil to printer cartridges to fluorescent lamps. For a complete list of materials recycled by the installation contact Michael Miller, chief of the Fort McCoy Water and Waste Branch, at 608-388-6546. Miller said that tours of the installation’s recycling facility will be available Friday, April 20. To schedule a tour contact Miller before April 18. Miller also said that anyone with questions on the installations recycling and/or solid waste policies can contact him at any time.

Radloff said people also can help observe Earth Day by enjoying nature, which could include watching birds, cleaning up roadways, planting a tree, building and hanging a bat house or bird feeder, volunteering for the local blue bird survey or visiting a local or state park. Fort McCoy has public access available in their Pine View Campground and Whitetail Ridge Ski Area. Call the Pine View office at 608-388-3517 for more information on use and access to these recreation areas.

Fort McCoy is well-known for its natural resources and has been recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for three state natural areas; Clear Creek, Silver Creek, and the Oak Barrens Natural Areas. These natural areas have been established because of their uniqueness, high natural integrity, and rare status.

Other opportunities to support Earth Day include participating in a local hazardous-waste material collection day, purchasing green energy from an electric company or purchasing compact fluorescent light bulbs.

The Youth Services Center observed Earth Day by making murals from packaging material and other waste materials.
People who have questions or are seeking information about trees or wildlife at Fort McCoy can call the Natural Resources Branch at 608-388-2252.

Monroe County will hold a special waste cleanup day from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at the County Landfill in Norwalk. The event is open to all Monroe County residents.

Items not accepted include commercial or industrial waste; explosives, such as ammunition and fireworks; radioactive materials; and garbage or large items, such as couches, chairs and demolition material. Fees may be charged to dispose of some items, such as tires, televisions, etc.

For more information, call 608-269-8783 or e-mail inquiries can be sent to gfrie@co.monroe.wi.us

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