New recycling facility expected to save taxpayers $600K per year, officials say

New recycling facility expected to save taxpayers $600K per year, officials say

Dane County opened a new recycling facility Wednesday that will separate waste from construction and demolition projects and recycle it. It will create 19 new permanent jobs, officials said.

The new facility will save Dane County taxpayers over $600,000 a year, because previously, the items were hauled out of the county to be recycled, according to a release. The project cost $5.2 million.

The number of jobs is expected to double as the operation grows, officials said.

“This new facility will extend the life of our landfill, recycle more materials, save millions for taxpayers and create jobs,” Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said in the release. “This facility will be run on waste heat from our landfill and continues our efforts to increase our renewable energy for all of our county facilities.”

Dane County currently trucks all of the construction and demolition waste it receives to a recycling plant in Appleton, according to the release. County crews take eight semi loads of waste to Appleton each day.

The county will own the facility, and a private contractor will operate it and market the recycled products, officials said.

The facility will process about 40,000 tons of material annually, but that number is expected to increase to 75,000 tons per year in the future, according to the release.