PRESS RELEASE (WAUKESHA, WI) – Today, Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow is proud to announce that communities who participate in the Waukesha County Recycling Program will receive a record level of funds for tax relief. With the addition of two new municipal partners this year and increased recycling tonnage, the total amount of dividend payments has been increased, adding up to over $1.75 million for 2015.
“Citizens in our 27 participating communities understand the value of recyclable material and the savings associated with diverting these resources from the landfill,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “Now that single sort recycling has simplified the process, people are recycling more than ever.”
A new single sort recycling system was introduced last year, allowing residents to place bottles, cans and paper in the same recycling containers. Since the new system has been in place, recycling tonnage has increased 34%, exceeding our 3-year goal of 25%. The increase in recycling also resulted in Waukesha County communities diverting 13% more materials, over 10,000 tons, from landfill disposal, saving approximately $500,000 through reduced landfill disposal costs.
This 2015 dividend payment increased 17%, $255,000, more than the previous year. Each year, municipalities that participate in the program receive dividend payments to offset residential recycling program costs. The payments vary for each partner based on individual program costs, tons of recyclables and recycling rate. A breakdown of the recycling dividend payment for individual communities is located on the next page.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Waukesha County Recycling Program. Since it began in 1991, communities have collectively recycled over 515,000 tons of materials and avoided over $25 million in landfill disposal costs. Together, local residents continue to recycle more and recycle right, another impressive example of how Waukesha County is leading the way. To see Municipal Recycling Disbursements click here.