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Dane County Department of Waste & Renewables


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Welcome to the Department of Waste & Renewables

Our mission is to provide environmentally-sound and sustainable waste management and renewable energy solutions for current Dane County residents and future generations. This includes looking at waste as a resource to create renewable fuels and the conservation of landfill air space through waste diversion, recycling, and efficient operations.

The Department is responsible for the management and operation of Dane County’s landfills, renewable natural gas (RNG) facilities, Clean Sweep, construction and demolition (C&D) recycling facility and various other recycling programs.  

Sustainability Campus Concept

Video: Our Work & Vision For The Future

With less than 10 years of landfill space remaining, we are actively planning for how our community can continue to manage its waste in an economic, sustainable, and equitable way.

Watch our video to learn about our current work and how we plan to advance the region towards a more sustainable and localized waste management system with a Sustainability Campus. Read more here.


Watch Videos Of Us In Action

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  • Learn more about Dane County's latest earth-focused projects.
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  • Explore the process of recycling construction and demolition materials.
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  • See how Dane County turns Methane gas into a profitable resource.
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Learn about what we do at the Dane County Landfill. 

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