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Businesses in a Wisconsin County Face Rising Costs from Too Much Trash

A county in Wisconsin is facing a time when it will need to make some important decisions – and pay some significant costs – when its landfill reaches capacity in an estimated three to five years. The Kestrel Hawk Landfill is approaching closure, so Racine County will need to either find a new landfill site or begin trucking local trash to other landfills, which would increase transportation costs, according to the Associated Press.

Finding a site and building a new landfill would take years and would be an expensive proposition, so a Zero Waste Initiative was put into as an attempt to delay the closing of the Kestrel Hawk site.

The initiative is a collaboration between Visioning Greater Racine and Greening Greater Racine, and includes participation from nearby Caledonia, Mount Pleasant and Sturtevant. Its efforts include promoting garbage disposer use, as food waste accounts for about 20% to 30% of garbage, and surveying grocery stores regarding what they might be willing to do to reduce the use of plastic bags.

“Like many other communities, the municipalities and businesses of greater Racine will soon face the challenge of how to manage their solid waste,” writes Mike Keleman of InSinkErator, one of the champions of the cause. “Whether garbage from greater Racine goes to a new site or an existing landfill, when Kestrel Hawk finally closes, residents and businesses will most certainly pay higher solid waste management costs.”

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