Established in 1981, Recycling Connections is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported through service contracts, grants, product sales, and donations for waste reduction, recycling, and resource conservation.
B.S. Forestry, UW-Stevens Point. An environmental educator for over 30 years, Karin has worked at youth camps, a nature center and volunteered in her community. Most her career, she has worked or volunteered with Recycling Connection, gaining extensive knowledge in recycling, solid waste, and nonprofit management.
Karin often serves on numerous state and local committees related to recycling and organics management, and currently is a member of the WI Department of Natural Resources' Waste & Materials Management Study Group. She completed the Midwest Compost School and is a Master Composter. She served as adjunct faculty in waste management at UW-Stevens Point (2012-13) and continues as a guest lecturer and mentor to students.
Karin received the 2015 Christy Dixon Recycler of the Year Award from Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin.
Karin’s other passions are pencil drawing and volunteering on the CREATE Portage County board of directors.
M.S. Natural Resources-Environmental Education, B.S. Biology/Chemistry from UW-Stevens Point. Certified TRUE Zero Waste Advisor. Susan has nearly two decades of experience providing professional development in environmental education including numerous courses, workshops, and presentations. Susan is an ad hoc instructor with the WI K-12 Energy Education Program at UW-SP.
Susan has served on several boards and committees to advance environmental issues related to green schools, bird conservation, and environmental education.
Susan is passionate of connecting communities to their resources to help build a more sustainable and healthy world. Served Peace Corps Tanzania 98-00. In her free time, Susan enjoys hiking, gardening, kayaking, and biking with her husband and two children.
B.S. Biology from UW-Stevens Point. In progress M.S. Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems from UW-Stevens Point. Taylor has experience teaching high school science, providing professional development in her fields, and working in environmental education.
Taylor also has experience working in the aquaponics industry recycling fish waste as nutrients for food production. She is an advocate for sustainability in all aspects of the food system, solid waste industry and beyond, and desires to help communities make connections to healthier consumption processes to better preserve our planet.
Taylor incorporates her passion for sustainability into everything she does, but she is also passionate about gardening and caring for plants and fish, cooking and baking healthy foods, crafting, music, and spending time in nature by the water and in the forest along with her partner and their dog.
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News & Highlights
Turning 40 - A Year of Celebrations BLOG POST - August 2021
MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL covers composting in their ARTICLE "Everything you need to know about composting, from bins to benefits" and Recycling Connections staff are there to answer some of the questions. - August 2021
WAOW Channel 9 Covers the Kiosk in the Park - June 2021
WSAW Channel 7 Covers Recycling Bale Maze at UWSP - April 2021
This award is given to an individual or group that has excelled with their overall activities, or a specific project, supporting waste reduction, sustainability, recycling, and/or organics management.
CERTIFICATE OF COMMENDATION FROM WI GOVERNOR EVERS - January 2021
On January 29th we officially received our Commendation from Gov. Evers. On April 22nd Rep. Shankland presented it to us in person at the UWSP Sundial. Click here to view the official document.
WI DNR RECYCLING EXCELLENCE AWARD - November 2020
WI DNR Awarded the CWRC with the 2020 Recycling Excellence Award in the category of Projects and Initiatives for this partnership program between Portage County Solid Waste, Marathon County Solid Waste Department, & Recycling Connections.
In 1981 member groups such as the League of Women Voters, Stevens Point Area Co-op, CAP Services, Izaak Walton League, and local service clubs such as boy scout troops and University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point environmental groups all came together to form a cooperative. These groups conducted curbside collection programs throughout the City of Stevens Point, as well as helped maintain drop-offs in Stevens Point, Plover, Whiting, Amherst, and Rosholt in the early years. Items collected included aluminum, glass, mixed papers, cardboard, plastics, used motor oil, and vehicle batteries.
In 1983 the organization became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit under the name Intra-State Recycling Corporation (ISRC) and hired its first part-time staff person. Initially all labor was completed manually, however in 1986 equipment became part of the operations. The organization discontinued all curbside collections in 1989, but continued processing recyclables under a contract with the Portage County Solid Waste Management Board. In 1992 they discontinued processing as well, as Portage County began plans for building and operating their own Material Recovery Facility, which is now located in Plover, WI.
After 1992, ISRC’s focus changed to education and programming and with a broader message that included waste reduction and composting. The organization also began working with other municipalities, organizations, and state agencies on a wide variety of solid waste management related projects. In 2004 the organization was renamed, this time to Recycling Connections Corporation, to better reflect the mission, programs, and services.
In 2016 we celebrated 35 years as an organization. Click here to learn more about how we celebrated.
Board of Directors
Recycling Connections is governed by a board of directors, each holding a two-year term.
If you are interested in a board position please contact Karin Sieg at 715.343.0722 or karin(at)recyclingconnections.org.
Midwest Renewable Energy Association
Promoting clean energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable living through education and demonstration since 1990.
Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin
Leading efforts in Recycling in Wisconsin for over 30 years.
Solid Waste Association of North America, Badger Chapter
Serving solid waste professionals throughout Wisconsin.
Central Rivers Farmshed
Creating a thriving community through local foods and connection to farmers.
IL Food Scrap Coalition
Advancing diversion and composting of organics in Illinois.