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Power Rangers and cellphones can end up in La Crosse’s sewers

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You never know what will end up going down the toilet. 

La Crosse wastewater superintendent Jared Greeno tells the city board of public works that his staff looks for ways to reduce the amount of solid waste left over, after the sewer water has been treated. 

But Greeno also says some weird stuff gets flushed.

“Rags, plastic, cellphones, credit cards, Power Rangers (action figures),” said Greeno. “You know, anything a little kid might have flushed that day.”

Greeno says a contract with a company that helps process and remove the bio-solids just ran out at year’s end, and his department is looking for a new company to work with.                

The solids which remain after bio-degradable treatment often get used by farmers for fertilizer, or go to landfills. 

Greeno says there has been talk of trying to develop La Crosse’s waste into a commercial fertilizer, similar to the ‘Milorganite’ produced by Milwaukee’s sewer district. 

   

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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