Parisi Announces Groundbreaking at New Construction and Demolition Recycling Facility

June 26, 2015
Stephanie Wilson Miller, Communications Director, 608-267-8823
County Executive

                       Will Save County $600,000 a Year and Creates 19 New Jobs


MADISON- Today, County Executive Joe Parisi announced the groundbreaking of the new expansion at the Dane County landfill to build a Construction and Demolition Recycling facility. The new facility is expected to be fully operational by January 1, 2016.  Including design, building construction, and equipment purchases, the total project cost is $5.2 million. This will creates 19 new permanent jobs on the first day it opens.  It will grow to 38 jobs as the operation grows. This new operation will save the County over $600,000 per year.


“I am thrilled to announce the ground breaking at the Construction and Demolition Recycling facility,” said Parisi. “This will save taxpayer resources while creating jobs and improving efficiencies. It continues our work to shift away from waste management to resources management through reuse and recycling of the materials we receive.”


Currently, Dane County trucks all of the construction & demolition waste (C&D) it receives to a recycling plant in Appleton.  This results in 8 semi loads of C&D being trucked to Appleton each day for recycling.  With this expansion, all of the recycling will now take place at the County’s site. This will reduce truck traffic and lower emissions by 550 tons per year.


It is an innovation public-private partnership. The County will own the facility, and a private contractor will operate it and market the recycled products.  Initially, the facility will process approximately 40,000 tons of C&D material annually. This is expected to grow to 75,000 tons per year in the future. The facility will achieve a 70% recycling rate for all material it receives. This expansion will also save valuable landfill airspace, which extends the life of our existing landfill.


The building has green features including LED lighting, daylighting, and minimal new paved areas . In addition, heat for the building will be provided from engines on site that are also using landfill gas to produce renewable electricity for 4,000 homes.


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