Marathon County's 21st Century Landfill Helping Us Recycle

By: Clare Kaley Email
By: Clare Kaley Email
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The State's first licensed landfill of the 21st Century is right here in Marathon county, and its hoping to work with you to make sure only the right materials are being put there.

Trash from Marathon and parts of Portage and Shawano counties is worked into zone "B", the county's active landfill. And its much more than the department's four-letter word -- a 'dump'.

"Trash comes in here on a daily basis," Eileen Guthrie, the facility superivsor said, "it gets compacted, pushed, and at the end of the day it gets covered."

Careful engineering goes into how a landfill is processed, and the department is doing a lot to try and make everything as environmentally friendly as possible.

For example, those singles from your roofing project?

"We load the shingles into their truck," Eileen said, "from there they go back to their facility where they are ground and get reused from asphalt."

Even building materials often seen in the landfill can be re-useable.

"Its not really waste," Meleesa Johnson, the department director said, "drywall has value as a soil amendment as long as it doesn't have paint on it. All that dimensional lumber and plywood can get ground up," Johnson said, "it can be used as fuel. we just have to build a system of getting it out of a landfill and into other uses."

While more public education is always helpful, seeing where your trash goes certainly helps put things into perspective.

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