The Winnebago County Solid Waste Management Department has added many newly acceptable materials for recycling. Click link to learn more. 

2021 Hazardous Handout_PRINT REVISED 2021

WC Tri fold Waste Recycling Guide

Recycling Update as of 2021:

Through trial and error, the Tri-County Recycling Facility (owned by Brown, Outagamie and Winnebago County) has found that even if bagged, shredded paper tends to spill out and stick to sorting equipment and other recyclables and cannot be effectively recovered for recycling.  In response to these issues, Tri-County Recycling has removed shredded paper from its “acceptable items” list.  Unfortunately, shredded paper is no longer recyclable in our household carts or commercial recycling dumpsters. 

For households, Tri-County Recycling recommends:

  1. Reduce the amount of confidential documents that are coming into your home.  Sign up for e-billing, online statements and emailed receipts.
  2. Shred only the documents or portions of documents that are confidential.  For instance, if you shred mail because it has your name and address on it, rip out and shred the portion with that information and recycle the rest of the document.
  3. Take confidential documents to a shred event – typically sponsored by local financial institutions and held once or twice a year.
  4. Take confidential documents to a local office store or shipping store that offers paper shredding as a service.
  5. If you shred your own documents, the shredded material can be composted or used as animal bedding – keep any plastic materials out of it.
  6. As a last resort, household sourced shredded paper may be bagged and placed in your trash cart.  DO NOT put this in your recycling cart.

For workplaces, Tri-County Recycling recommends:

  1. Reduce the amount of documents that are printed.
  2. Shred only the documents or portions of documents that are confidential.   Work with a recycling service that offers drop-off or pick-up options.  DO NOT put this in your recycling dumpster.
  3. Hire a paper shredding service to shred and recycle large amounts of confidential documents.

This will continue to be a “phase-out” effort and we will plan to include it in our social media posts and media contacts throughout 2021.

Kathy Hutter

Recycling Program Manager

Winnebago County Solid Waste

100 W. County Road Y, Oshkosh, WI 54901

Phone: 920-232-1853

Quick Recycling Guidelines:

  • Plastic bags should not be used at any time with the single stream recycling program. Plastic bags wrap around the processing equipment. These include the bags you receive from retail grocery and other stores.
  • All such plastic bags should be recycled at participating retail locations (visit for additional information.
  • Do not bundle or tie paper.
  • Empty and rinse all bottles and containers. Remove and discard all plastic screw caps.
  • No need to remove labels from rinsed and empty food cans.
  • Empty and rinse all bottles and jars. Metal jar caps and lids are also recyclable.

Examples of what is NOT recyclable:

  • Plastic bags, wrap or film
  • Motor oil bottles
  • Styrofoam
  • Aluminum pans or foil
  • Empty paint cans (latex paint can be disposed of with your regular trash when the paint is dry)
  • Large/bulky scrap metal items
  • Paper contaminated with food or grease
  • Tissue paper
  • Gift Wrap
  • Window glass
  • Ceramic, china or drinking glasses

Some examples of newly accepted items:

  • Cartons
    • Milk
    • Soy milk
    • Juice
    • Cream
    • Egg substitute containers
    • Broth
    • Wine
  • Produce, Bakery & Deli Containers
    • Berry
    • Donut
    • Potato salad or other types
    • Dips
    • Any containers from produce, bakery or deli
  • Dairy Containers
    • Yogurt
    • Margarine
    • Cottage cheese
    • Sour cream