It seemed counterintuitive: To recycle its waste, Dane County would send a daily fleet of semi-trucks laden with construction byproducts to a facility in Appleton, two hours north. The cost? Five hundred fifty tons of carbon emissions each year and hundreds of thousands in taxpayer dollars, essentially being trucked up north.
The county’s new Construction and Demolition Recycling Facility, local and reliant on renewable energy, is set to change that – creating jobs and saving money in the process.
“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 a press 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.”