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BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WFRV) – As work continues on the I-41 Project, so do state recycling efforts.

Wisconsin uses recycled materials in road construction projects. That means most of the existing concrete from I-41 is being reused, crushed up, mixed with soil and placed back down as fill.  The new road is built right on top.Steel is also salvaged.

WisDOT has been using recycled materials for decades, but leaders say the effort continues to grow.

“Recycling ends up saving the taxpayers money,” explained Mike King, Construction Supervisor. “Rather than picking up the material and hauling it away and paying a fee to dispose of it, it’s crushed right on site which saves the taxpayers money.”

Each year, WisDOT tries to use two million tons of recycled materials on projects.

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