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Milwaukee’s MRF Building & Tour Info


A MRF is a Materials Recovery Facility, a place where trucks deliver recyclables for sorting into each commodity type.  Before switching to Single-Sort recycling in the fall of 2011, Milwaukee’s recyclables were sorted and processed at a City-owned MRF (pictured - top). The City MRF houses dual stream equipment that, not only cannot accommodate Single-Sort recycling, but also has reached the end of its useful life. For the time being, the tip floor of the City MRF building is being used as a recyclables transfer station – that is, to centrally receive recyclables from collection trucks and then transfer them via semi trailer loads to another MRF for sorting. Waste Management Recycle America processes the recyclables at it’s privately owned Germantown MRF and sells them to recycling markets, sharing revenues with the City.

The Milwaukee Environmental Education Resource and Tour Center at 1313 W Mt. Vernon Ave. is located next to the City’s MRF building.  Educational programs and tours of the site continue and 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 can 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)



"Outstanding Achievement in Education"

City of Milwaukee DPW receives Award from Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin

"2011 DPW Annual Residential Recycling Report"

2011 brought exciting changes to the recycling program, making it easier than ever to recycle more!  DPW rolled out its new Single-Sort recycling program and introduced the new materials accepted.  New recycling collection programs were implemented at City Self-Help Centers, allowing for greater landfill diversion.  All of these changes plus the continuation of improved collection schedules and a strong education campaign have contributed to a great year in recycling for Milwaukee!  For more details, view the 2011 DPW Annual Residential Recycling Report".  

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

Preston Cole
Director of Operations