“I am thrilled to announce the groundbreaking at the construction and demolition recycling facility,” says 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.”
Dane County currently trucks all of the C&D debris it receives to a recycling plant in Appleton, Wisconsin. This results in eight semi loads of C&D debris being trucked to Appleton each day for recycling. With this expansion, all of the recycling will now take place at the county’s site, reducing truck traffic and lower emissions by 550 tons per year, according to Parisi.
He calls the arrangement “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 is expected to achieve a 70 percent recycling rate for all material it receives. This expansion also saves landfill airspace, which extends the life of the existing landfill, Parisi notes.
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 also are using landfill gas to produce renewable electricity for 4,000 homes.