Connect with Isthmus on Twitter · Facebook · Flickr · Newsletters · Instagram 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 64.0° F  Mostly Cloudy
The Paper


Throwing it all away

Article Tools:Read moreRead more Watchdog items
Email this articleEmail this article
Print this articlePrint This Article
Email the authorEmail the author

It was last Wednesday, Earth Day, when Isthmus asked the U.S. Postal Service in Madison if it was no longer recycling large quantities of plastic wrap.

"I hope we're recycling it," said Karen Cronin, the post office's spokeswoman. "We try to recycle everything here, so that kind of surprises me."

It is kind of surprising. Until about a year ago, the post office was bundling and recycling the shrink wrap that magazines and other materials are sent in. According to one employee, "a couple of bins-full a day" of this wrap now gets thrown out with the trash, and a machine the post office bought for bundling it sits unused.

Cronin, after looking into the matter, called back to say the post office used to make money off this material, but then the market for such recyclables bottomed out. Her post-Earth Day take: "Due to budgetary constraints right now, we cannot pay extra to prepare the recycled materials and also pay to have it hauled away."

Add to DiggShare this item

Log in or register to comment

Select a Movie
Select a Theater

Promotions Contact us Privacy Policy Jobs Newsletters RSS
Collapse Photo Bar