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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, has retrofitted its MRF in the Menomonee Valley with new state-of-the-art equipment. Milwaukee’s recyclables are now processed in the city again – as was the case prior to the recycling program’s switch to Single-Sort recycling in Fall 2011, which required the recyclables to be transferred to a Waste Management facility in Germantown for processing.  The new MRF began operations in Spring 2015 and serves both the City of Milwaukee and more than 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 MRF 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.  You may also take a virtual tour of a Materials Recovery Facility.


Contact information to schedule tours of 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 S. 124th St.

Franklin, WI 53132

(414) 529-6180


Emerald Park Landfill (Veolia Environmental Services)

W124 S10629 S. 124th St

Muskego, WI 53150-6004

(414) 529-1360







Congratulations City of Milwaukee residents!  For the fifth straight year, our recycling totals continue to increase, thanks to your strong participation in DPW’s curbside/alley collection program.  Household recycling weights have increased 20% over this five-year period.


Beginning in May 2014, the City of Milwaukee partnered with Waukesha County communities to renovate and repair a recycling facility capable of sorting, baling and shipping 60,000 tons of plastics, glass, paper and cans each year. The facility, located in the Menomonee Valley,  is now a state-of-the-art single-stream Materials Recovery Facility (MRF).


Read about these highlights and more in the 2014 Annual Residential Recycling Report.