Based on the results, the DNR estimates that in 2020, Wisconsinites threw away 490,300 tons of these recyclable materials
with an estimated market value of more than $76 million. “We want to encourage everyone to take advantage of their local recycling program. The recycling industry in Wisconsin is very good at getting these materials to buyers, so generally, once recyclables are placed in the recycling bin, they are not landfilled,” notes Casey Lamensky, DNR Solid Waste Coordinator.
The Executive Summary and the full SCS Engineers Waste Characterization Study report can be downloaded on this WDNR page.