Brown . Outagamie Winnebago
Tri-County Partnership

Brown, Outagamie and Winnebago Counties signed an agreement in 2007 to develop a single-stream recycling facility for operation over 15 years. The three counties have enjoyed a partnership that has created landfill and recycling efficiencies for benefit of all residents.

A centerpiece of Wisconsin's recycling industry: the Tri-County partnership creates jobs, protects the environment, conserves resources, provides renewable energy and encourages everyone to "Recycle more... landfill less."

There's more to recycling than collecting materials at the curb, and there's more to landfilling than dumping garbage in a hole. Over the years, the Tri-County has developed revolutionary processes and efficient facilities with strong partnerships for the long-term benefit of area residents. 


Single Stream Recycling Facility

The state-of-the-art Tri-County Recycling Facility, operated by Outagamie County Recycling & Solid Waste, was completed in 2009 and is one of the largest publicly owned and operated, single-stream recycling facilities in the United States. The facility not only serves the needs of the 65 communities in the Tri-County region, it has grown to accept material from most northeast Wisconsin and Upper Michigan communities. That is nearly 16% of the state's population. More than 100,000 tons of recyclables are processed each year with this material processed within two shifts.

When recycling trucks leave our neighborhoods, they travel to our facilities where the recyclables are:

  • Separated from one another by hand and by high-tech sorting equipment
  • Compressed into storage bales for easy shipping
  • Marketed and sold to companies to be re-manufactured into a wide array of new products

Single-stream means all recyclables can be placed into one recycling bin or cart. Using one collection bin or cart makes recycling easy and convenient. The single-stream method also offers communities the option to move an automated cart system.