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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







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.