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As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit we are supported through service contracts, grants, product sales, and donations. 


Recycling Connections' staff includes individuals whose professional and educational experiences provide a wide variety of knowledge, perspectives, and talents towards providing our services and programming.

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Executive Director

B.S. Forestry, UW-Stevens Point. An environmental educator for over 25 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 serves on numerous state and local committees related to recycling and organics management. 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.



Development, Education, & Outreach Coordinator

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.



Dave Barbier

Board President

Sustainability Coordinator, UW-Stevens Point


Jen McNelly

Board Vice President

Portage County Groundwater Specialist

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Robert Good, Jr.

Board Secretary / Treasurer

Community Member, Stevens Point

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Sam DeRoche

Board Member

Program Manager, Central Wisconsin Environmental Station


Brandon Knudtson

Board Member

Hilltopper Refuse & Recycling Services, Inc.


Angie Hauer

Board Member

Portage County Master Gardeners


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. See how we celebrated here.


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