Waukesha County and the City of Milwaukee celebrated two years since operations began at the regional Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). The new facility’s recycling process resulted in more recycling, local tax relief and improved public and private partnerships in the region, according to a news release.

Waukesha County residents have increased recycling by 40 percent since the MRF opened two years ago, exceeding the three-year goal of 25 percent. With the increase in recycling, Waukesha County communities are now diverting 13 percent more materials (over 10,000 tons) from landfill disposal, saving an estimated $400,000 through reduced landfill disposal costs.

Each year, all 27 municipalities that participate in Waukesha County’s recycling program receive dividend payments to offset residential recycling collection costs. The payments have totaled almost $16 million since 2001.

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