The Dane County Department of Public Works (DCPW) Rodefeld Landfill has low tipping fees and little room for expansion. The County sees promise in diverting construction and demolition (C&D) materials from the landfill and recycling them; but cheap landfill space, a low concentration of C&D materials, and only a mid-sized market for recycled materials make it hard for recycling to thrive in Dane County.
The Rodefeld landfill was filling up fast. DCPW needed to preserve air space to keep the landfill running smoothly. They focused on finding solutions that would get them to market fast and keep the recycling option low cost and accessible to consumers.
DCPW created a unique public-private partnership to help them overcome these challenges. They worked with four partners to set up the partnership and ensure the ongoing operation and resale of their recycled materials.
Outcomes and Benefits
Operations began on time and within budget in February 2016, and the facility is meeting all of the success metrics DCPW set out to achieve. Recycling volumes are growing quickly, and are on track to grow to 60,000 tons of material. DCPW is saving $600,000 per year by not having to truck materials off-site for recycling. In 2016, DCPW saved 60,000 cubic yards of airspace, extending the life of the Rodefeld Landfill while providing an economically viable C&D recycling option for Dane County.