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Tosa Green Summit celebrates 12 years of taking action and teaching sustainable habits

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel 9/16/2022 Beck Andrew Salgado, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The Tosa Green Summit started 12 years ago as a one-day event where community members could view exhibits to learn more sustainable habits.

Now, the event spans two weekends and has used both education and action in evolving into an award-winning fixture in Wauwatosa. 

This year, the second day of the Tosa Green Summit is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot at Wauwatosa City Hall, 7725 W. North Ave., where household hazardous waste and electronics will be collected in partnership with Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and RD E-cycle. The event is limited to Milwaukee County residents. 

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The Tosa Green Summit expects to collect more than 30,000 pounds of hazardous waste and more than 8,000 pounds of electronics — all items that would otherwise have ended up in landfills.

The summit has always worked to provide education to the community on sustainable habits. However, as it evolved, organizers added a second component: to organize major sustainability-centered events for the city. 

This year, the second component included events centered around recycling paper, bikes, textiles, medicine and nonperishable food. Each of these events were made possible due to help from major factions like the police department, the health department, Milwaukee Textile, Dream Bikes and the Wauwatosa Food Pantry. 

“This event provides a great community service to divert waste from our landfills, and we've been very, very pleased with the response that the community has had toward these events,” said Jeff Roznowski, an organizer for Tosa Green Summit. 

Jeff Roznowski said that 2022 is expected to be the second-best year in the history of the Tosa Green Summit. © Jeff Roznowski Jeff Roznowski said that 2022 is expected to be the second-best year in the history of the Tosa Green Summit.

Participation in the events this year has resulted in impressive results. Roznowski said 9,000 pounds of paper, 200 pounds of medicine, 65 bikes, 3,200 pounds of textiles and 78 bags of nonperishables were collected in just the first weekend of the summit. 

In 2021, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources recognized the Tosa Green Summit with its Recycling Excellence Award. The award encourages and rewards communities and programs for outstanding efforts, innovation and performance in recycling and landfill diversion. 

Jeff Roznowski said that winning the Recycling Excellence award in 2021 is an extreme point of pride for him. © Jeff Roznowski Jeff Roznowski said that winning the Recycling Excellence award in 2021 is an extreme point of pride for him.

Mike Arney is a Wauwatosa resident and climate enthusiast who thinks the continued success of the event exemplifies how involved and committed the Wauwatosa community is to itself. 

“The event has grown every year and has had a good turn out this far this year … I think that just shows that this community has an appetite for something like this, and so I’m glad we can provide it,” said Arney. 

He said that, as a resident, he takes pride in Wauwatosa's response to the event. 

“I think it's great, I feel supported in it, I feel like I'm among friends, and I think that an event like this can be a positive thing in any community,” Arney said. 

Learn more about Tosa Green Summit at www.wauwatosa.net/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/5745/18. Note that there may be a charge to donate some items.

Beck Andrew Salgado can be reached at 512-568-4070 or Bsalgado@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Beck_Salgado.

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