March 14, 2023 – Germantown, WI – WM, formerly known as Waste Management, announced plans to invest $38 million in state-of-the-art recycling technology at the company’s recycling facility in Germantown, Wisconsin, which is one of the largest recycling processing facilities in the state.
The Germantown facility plans to rebuild the plant with a state-of-the-art design incorporating new technologies for sorting residential and commercial recyclables.
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The project is expected to enable WM to process recyclables more efficiently and produce a higher quality product for manufacturers that use recovered material as feedstock.
The rebuilt plant is expected to enable the recovery of more recyclables at higher quality so manufacturers can turn recycled materials into new products and packaging, which supports WM commitments to the circular economy by encouraging the reuse of materials. The facility will have recycling capacity of over 200,000 tons per year.
The rebuild is slated to start in May, with completion expected in late December. WM has arranged to have recyclables processed at other recycling plants in the region in the interim.
The Germantown recycling project is among WM’s recently announced $1 billion in investments in recycling infrastructure expected between 2022 and 2025. WM aims to increase the recovery of materials companywide by 60% to 25 million tons by 2030.