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 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. 

Staff

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SUSAN SCHULLER

Executive Director

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 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.

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MICHELLE NIEUWENHUIS

Program Director

B.A. in English and Theatre from UW-Stevens Point.  Michelle is new to the waste management industry, but looking forward to furthering her education by being a part of Recycling Connections. 

In her spare time, Michelle enjoys tending to her houseplants, gardening, and spending time with her cats.

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KELLY ADLINGTON

Project Specialist

B.S. Waste Management (UW-Stevens Point). Kelly has been working for Recycling Connections in various capacities since 2015, and brings her diverse level of skills and experiences to the organization. Currently her part-time work is focused with RC’s planning and coordination of the annual Wisconsin Integrated Resource Management Conference.

 

In addition to her role with RC, Kelly is also a co-owner of Bucket Ruckus that collects organics curbside from homes and businesses in the Stevens Point area. Their goal is to keep this material out of the conventional waste stream so that it can be locally composted instead.

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MAKAYLA GALECKI

Zero Waste Coordinator

MaKayla is a junior at UW-Stevens Point, studying Waste Management Resources. She is helping Recycling Connections with their Near Zero Waste Event Planning, and is excited to get a jump-start in her solid waste career!

See what we've been up to around the community! (newest to oldest)

News & Highlights

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History

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.

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.

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Katie Gonzalez Martin

Board Member

Portage County Health & Human Services Office Manager

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Alex Thomas

Board Member

Carbon Offset Program Manager, Dane County Department of Waste and Renewables

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Brandon Knudtson

Board Member

Hilltopper Refuse & Recycling Services, Inc.

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Dave Barbier

Board President

Sustainability Coordinator, UW-Stevens Point

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Jen McNelly

Board Vice President

Portage County Groundwater Specialist

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Angie Hauer

Board Secretary  Treasurer

Portage County Master Gardeners

Our Memberships

Midwest Renewable Energy Association

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Promoting clean energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable living through education and demonstration since 1990.

Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin

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Leading efforts in Recycling in Wisconsin for over 30 years. 

Solid Waste Association of North America, Badger Chapter

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Serving solid waste professionals throughout Wisconsin. 

Central Rivers   Farmshed 

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Creating a thriving community through local foods and connection to farmers.

IL Food Scrap Coalition

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 Advancing diversion and composting of organics in Illinois. 

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