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Dane County to open new wood waste recycling center

Dane County executive Joe Parisi disclosed that the county will soon begin recycling clean wood waste at the Dane County landfill.

Currently, municipalities are overwhelmed with clean wood waste due to an Emerald Ash Borer infestation. The Emerald Ash Borer is a beetle that has killed millions of Ash trees in North America. Due to the Emerald Ash Borer local private and public facilities have become overwhelmed and have stopped taking wood waste.

“This is a common sense solution and we are uniquely able to recycle wood waste” said Dane County executive Joe Parisi. “Opening up the recycling facility to process clean wood will help local municipalities, businesses and residents in Dane County with a need no other entity is filling.”

Once the program starts in late July, the county will charge $40/ton for wood waste. The county will work with the current operators of its recently opened construction and demolition recycling facility and expand the partnership to include wood recycling. Quality logs will be made into urban lumber, so it can be used for flooring, furniture, or art, and the rest will likely be recycled for mulch or biomass fuel.

There are an estimated 2,112,000 Ash Trees in Dane County that are going to die in the next 10 years as a result of the Emerald Ash Borer.

1,760,000 Ash trees are outside of the city of Madison and have no other option for recycling. Dane County was the first Wisconsin county to develop a comprehensive plan to battle the emerald ash borer. It includes detailed recommendations for homeowners and communities to consider prior to the beetle’s arrival in Dane County and options for what to do when ash trees in the county become affected.

This February, Dane County executive Parisi opened the new Dane County Construction and Demolition Recycling facility.

This new recycling center separates waste from construction and demolition projects and recycles it. This new facility saves Dane County taxpayers over $600,000 per year because previously these items were hauled out of the county to be recycled.

It is an innovative public/private partnership.

The County owns the facility and a private contractor operates it and markets the recycled products. This facility saves landfill airspace which extends the life of their existing landfill.

Published in the August 2016 Edition of American Recycler News