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Posted on: June 28, 2018

Recycling brings tax relief

Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow is proud to announce that communities who participate in the Waukesha County Recycling Program received significant funds for tax relief. The total amount of dividend payments made to communities is $1.75 million for 2018.

“Recycling is up 44% since the transition to single sort recycling. The increase in recycling also means Waukesha County communities divert 15% more material, over 12,000 tons, from the landfill, saving about $600,000 through reduced landfill disposal costs,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow.    

Each year, municipalities that participate in the program receive dividend payments to offset residential recycling program costs. The City of Oconomowoc recycled 1,807 tons in 2017 and will receive a $129,333 county recycling dividend.

Since it began in 1991, partner communities have collectively recycled over 556,000 tons of materials and avoided more than $26 million in landfill disposal costs. Together, local residents continue to recycle more and recycle right, another impressive example of how Waukesha County is leading the way.

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