Madison Residents Can Choose On Line Recyclopedia

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - 8:39am

New Streets Division Web Site Unveiled

The City of Madison is offering residents the chance to go on line only to get their 2011 Recyclopedia and collection calendar. This is the first time that residents will be able to opt out of the annual mailing.

"We have heard from many of our customers that they do not need a printed copy of the Recyclopedia as long as it is available on line," Madison recycling coordinator George Dreckmann said. "This year we have worked with our Information Technology staff to give them an option to decline the annual mailing."

The Recyclopedia is printed on 100% recycled paper. However, there is still environmental impact associated the making that paper and printing each copy of the booklet. In addition, there is the cost of the printing and mailing of the booklet that can be saved if people go on line for the information.

"We hope that many of our customers will recognize the budgetary and environmental benefits of using our on line Recyclopedia and choose not to receive the mailing this year," Dreckmann said. "And, since we do not have to be concerned about printing costs, the on line version of the Recyclopedia will have information only available on line."

Madison residents who wish to opt out of the 2011 Recyclopedia mailing should go to the City's web site at is There is a simple form to fill out to stop the mailing to their home. Residents can also register to receive e-newsletters, snow emergency alerts and other messages from the Streets Division.

If things go as planned, the 2011 Recyclopedia will be the last edition that will be mass mailed to most Madison households. Starting in 2012, the Streets Division plans to print a limited number of the booklets and ask most residents to access the information on line.

"We recognize that many of our customers do not have internet access so we will continue to prints a limited number of the booklets that we will mail out on request and make available at all Madison libraries," Dreckmann said.


  • George Dreckmann267-2626