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2017 Another Record Year for Recycling

(Green Bay, WI) Recycling is on the rise for Brown, Outagamie and Winnebago Counties. 2017 marks eight years since the counties started the tri-county recycling program. Ever since the program’s inception, more materials are recycled every year than the previous year. In 2017, the total of amount of materials recycled was over 115,000 tons, an increase of more than 5,000 tons from 2016.

“We’re excited that residents are recycling more and more each year,” explained Mark Walter, Brown County Resource Recovery Business Manager. “Our outreach and community education efforts have helped the public understand the importance of recycling. In 2017, Brown County residents and businesses recycled more than 29,000 tons of material, the highest total we’ve ever seen.”

The Tri-County Material Recovery Facility (MRF) is one of the largest publicly owned and operated recycling facilities in the United States. The facility is jointly owned by Brown, Outagamie and Winnebago Counties, and serves the three counties as well as much of northeast Wisconsin including all of Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Shawano and Waupaca Counties. Material from parts of at least ten other Wisconsin counties is processed by the Tri-County MRF.

In addition to curbside recycling, the Brown County Resource Recovery Department offers other methods to divert waste from landfills. These include recycling electronics, batteries, light bulbs, paint, wood waste, shingles, appliances, and construction & demolition waste, as well as food waste. Visit for more information.

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Brown County Resource Recovery: The purpose of the Brown County Port & Resource Recovery Department is to meet the solid waste disposal needs of local communities and businesses through methods which are environmentally sound and economical.

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