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Milwaukee’s MRF Building & Tour Info


A Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), is a place where trucks deliver recyclables for sorting into each commodity type.  The City of Milwaukee in partnership with Waukesha County is retrofitting its MRF in the Menomonee Valley with new state-of-the-art equipment. This change will allow Milwaukee’s recyclables to be processed in the city again - as was the case prior to the recycling program’s switch to Single-Sort recycling in the fall of 2011, which required the recyclables to be transferred to a Waste Management facility in Germantown for processing.  The new MRF system will commence operations by spring of 2015, serving both the City of Milwaukee and over 20 communities in Waukesha County.

The Milwaukee Environmental Education Resource and Tour Center at 1313 West Mt. Vernon Avenue is located next to the City’s MRF building.  Educational programs and tours of the site are provided by Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful (KGMB) in a cooperative project with the City.

To schedule a tour and visit the education center, call (414) 272-5462.

To tour the facility where Milwaukee’s recyclables are currently processed, call (262) 532-8519.  You may also watch a video or take a virtual tour of a Materials Recovery Facility.

Contact information for touring Milwaukee-area landfills:

Orchard Ridge Landfill (Waste Management):

N96 W13503 County Line Rd

Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

(262) 253-8620


Metro Recycling & Disposal (Waste Management):

10712 South 124th St

Franklin, WI 53132

(414) 529-6180


Emerald Park Landfill (Veolia Environmental Services)

W124 S10629 124th St

Muskego, WI 53150-6004

(414) 529-1360




Pictured: City of Milwaukee MRF Building (top) and Milwaukee's Environmental Education Resource and Tour Center (bottom)



2013 DPW Annual Residential Recycling Report

Did you know:  From 2009 to 2013, recycling pounds per Milwaukee household increased by 19.6%, continuing a string of annual increases in tons of recyclables recovered!

Also in 2013, the City of Milwaukee and Waukesha County signed an intergovernmental agreement to seek proposals for a Regional Recycling System for the Processing and Marketing of Single Stream Recyclables.  The process resulted in signing a second intergovernmental agreement as well as a contract with a company called ReCommunity to jointly process Single-Sort recyclables for the City and County utilizing new, state of the art recycling equipment in the City’s existing building in the Menomonee Valley.  The facility is expected to be operational by spring of 2015.

 Read about these highlights and much more in the 2013 DPW Annual Residential Recycling Report.


Operations Division
Room 501
Zeidler Municipal Building
841 N. Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Preston Cole
Director of Operations