Effective today, Wesselman Woods (WW) will officially cease our on-site recycling services. The increased availability of recycling services in the county has significantly reduced the volume of recyclables at our on-site recycling collection facility, making recycling collection services at WW redundant. This step will also allow us to focus critical and limited resources on our core mission of preserving and sharing Wesselman Woods and Howell Wetlands.
We will continue to offer monthly offsite recycling in partnership with Vanderburgh County Solid Waste through 2021. Please visit our website (wesselmanwoods.org/recycling) for a schedule and more information on the items you can bring.
This decision was not taken lightly but after careful consideration by the board and staff. WW began offering on-site recycling to meet a need in our community that was unmet at the time. Due to increased demand from residents and stakeholders, local recycling services have increased significantly. The Town of Evansville now offers curbside recycling services to all residents within the city limits. In the county, the majority of waste management companies offer recycling services. This gives almost every resident and business in our community the ability to recycle from their home or business without having to transport the items themselves.
By dramatically increasing the availability of recycling services, our community has come a long way in reducing items in landfills. We are proud that recycling is so widely available and that the vast majority of our community actively recycles. The WW Board of Directors and staff are eternally grateful to the many volunteers and community members who have dedicated their time and energy to WW’s recycling collection effort over the years; we thank you for your commitment and look forward to continuing to work with all of you in our conservation and education efforts.
Although we are a small, 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, we are continually expanding our mission to preserve Wesselman Woods and Howell Wetlands, protect wildlife and wild places, and provide educational efforts to the environment and sustainability within our community and beyond. Find out more about these unique properties, our research and our programs at wesselmanwoods.org.