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Madison ending compost collection Submitted: 06/17/2018
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MADISON (AP) - Madison is ending its compost collection program because residents were putting too many non-compostable items in their carts and the city can't afford its own biodigester.

Bryan Johnson is the city's recycling coordinator. He tells The Wisconsin State Journal that ending the program will give officials time to study other options for collecting food scraps and other compostable materials.

The program currently has about 1,100 households and 40 businesses involved.


Johnson says separating non-compostable materials is a labor-intensive and slow process that requires additional water. The digester's operator, GL Dairy Biogas, charges a $200-per-ton fee to separate debris from compostable material.

Mayor Paul Soglin says he hopes the city can find ways to work with larger producers before integrating the process into the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District.

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Traffic was backed up for a long way in both directions on a busy Northwoods highway Friday around 9:30 am.

Medics, police, and firefighters all rushed to a head-on crash west of Rhinelander.

Ambulances raced by while cars came to a standstill on Highway 8.The crash blocked traffic, but many people sitting in theirs cars couldn't see why traffic wasn't moving.

"Oh, I've been sitting here for about an hour," said Connie Anderson.

Anderson was on her way to Southern Wisconsin when she realized she wasn't going to make it there anytime soon.

First responders from Woodboro, Nokomis, Crescent, and Newbold all were called to the crash about three miles east of Highway 51.

The State Patrol reports a black Chevy lost control, crossed the center line, and hit a gold Buick.

"Possibly could have been due to the roadway being a little covered in snow and slushy," said Deputy Michael Baran.

Firefighters cut their way through driver and passenger doors to reach victims.

"The jaws of life were used in the vehicles in order to safely extract the individuals from the vehicles," said Baran.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Office said five people were hurt. Deputy Baran said one person was severely injured.

"The roadway played a little factor in it. People not adjusting to the winter driving right now," said Baran.

Drivers needed to adjust to a detour over to Highway K. At 2:30 p.m., that detour was still in place.

"People just need to remember to drive slowly when It's adverse weather conditions," said Baran.

State Patrol said the driver of the black Chevy was hurt the worst and taken to Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

Four other people were taken to Ascension Sacred Heart and St. Mary's Hospital.



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"We start decorating unfortunately in October," said Tricia's Treasures Manager Katie Bevernitz.

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"It's so fantastic," said Bevernitz. "I can't get over the amount of people we have in here on Friday and Saturday."

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Rhinelander firefighter Luke Drummond said Thanksgiving keeps his team working around the clock.

"Thanksgiving is actually the busiest day of the year for structure fires," said Drummond. "Turkey fryers are a big thing. Obviously, oil and water don't mix. So, if you have that water in with your hot oil, there's going to be a reaction. And it's a pretty violent explosive reaction."

Drummond said you should never leave a fryer unattended.

Turkey fryer explosions can be massive and can expand at least two times its size every minute.


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