POSTED ON OCTOBER 8th, 2008
City succeeding in recycling buildings
The City of Milwaukee has been working with WasteCap Wisconsin and local contractors to recycle more building materials from construction and demolition projects.
A blighted industrial building at 3048 W. Galena Avenue, in the 30th Street Industrial Corridor, was beyond repair and scheduled for demolition.
The City of Milwaukee was successful in recycling an estimated 95% of the waste, thereby keeping it out of the landfill, and preserving natural resources.
Of the approximately 1.5 million pounds of waste, the following was recycled:
- 1.3 million pounds of concrete and clean brick
- 115,400 pounds of steel and metals
- 682 pounds of copper
The City of Milwaukee and Wastecap have been encouraging contractors to learn to reduce, reuse and recycle building materials. Last year, the Department of City Development and WasteCap Wisconsin hosted a training session that offered step-by-step guidelines on establishing a recycling program, calculating building material quantities, finding recycling markets for waste materials, and more. For more information on construction and demolition waste management, visit: www.wastecapwi.org
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the US Environmental Protection Agency are partners in this City of Milwaukee project.