MADISON (AP) - Wisconsin environmental officials are urging people to cut down on their holiday waste.
The federal government estimates the volume of household waste jumps 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day as families dispose of gift wrap, decorations, packaging, disposable plates and leftover food.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources waste reduction officials suggest replacing old light strings with energy-efficient strings, using timers to turn lights off, using washable dishes and silverware and dividing leftovers among visitors.
They also suggest giving family and friends gift cards, using reusable bags when shopping, wrapping gifts in newspapers, recycling wrapping paper, saving gift boxes and bows for other occasions.
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Firefighters are battling a house fire in Kewaunee County.
Wind, snow, cold and ice played a role as firefighters battled a fire in downtown Ripon Wednesday morning.
Outagamie County's second largest employer is expanding, and veterans are encouraged to apply.
The State Building Commission has approved $5 million to help build the Wisconsin Maritime Center of Excellence in Marinette.
Fond du Lac police have released more information about the weapons they found in the apartment of a man who was at the center of a five-hour standoff on Monday.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is announcing a public meeting has been scheduled to provide road closure and design information for the Velp Avenue interchange area.