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A Good Neighbor

Being a Good Neighbor in Appleton, Wisconsin

Appearance, aesthetics, and customer service are priorities each day for the Outagamie County Recycling & Solid Waste (OCRSW) team as we strive to be a good neighbor, especially as the area around the OCRSW campus continues to grow and urbanize. OCRSW has implemented many initiatives to demonstrate its commitment to the community, including:

  • Constructing and planting vegetation along a 20-foot high, 1-mile-long highway screening berm.
  • Landscaping the entire perimeter of the OCRSW campus.
  • Regular neighborhood litter monitoring patrols (on and off-site)
  • Continuous visual monitoring of the fencing and litter.
  • Watering and sweeping of on-site roads for dust control.
  • Coordinating with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, Predator Bird Services, and internal staff to provide ongoing bird-abatement as necessary.
  • Actively managing landfill gas collection and flaring to minimize impact to neighboring residents.
  • Active landfill gas collection occurs throughout each phase of landfill development, with horizontal and vertical collectors installed at select elevations during waste filling. Six compressors provide vacuum throughout the collection system to draw LFG into main header pipes and ultimately to the new renewable energy plant.
  • Posting extensive signage to aid the public while at the facility.
  • Installing an air freshening vapor delivery system around the landfill perimeter to reduce odors.

20-foot high, 1-mile-long highway screening berm