If you follow the winding road to the edge of town there seems to be a promise that a tranquil park will appear; instead one soon discovers that this street is lined with large, seemingly empty buildings.
On the edge of downtown Waukesha is a stretch of municipal buildings used by the City of Waukesha. One building, a nondescript cement building surrounded by wire fencing at 900 Sentry Road, houses the city's incinerator.
The incinerator has been out of commission for more than 20 years in favor of more desirable methods of waste disposal. Other methods are used today to dispose of city waste such as landfills in Muskego and Menomonee Falls.
"Burying waste in a landfall is our only method of disposal these days. We don't burn garbage in Wisconsin anymore," said Dustin Nolan, an employee with the City of Waukesha, Department of Public Works. "There are no plans to move the incinerator or use it again.
"Use of the incinerator is now considered obsolete. We bury garbage also to provide the more desirable recycling option. Through recycling, we can remake waste materials into other usable commodities," Nolan added.
The incinerator building is being put to good use however. The fire department uses is to train its firefighters.
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