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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)



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