Waukesha County awarded a 10-year contract Wednesday to
Purple Cow Organics LLC to compost yard and wood
materials collected from 16 local communities.
approval was recommended by the county's Department of
Parks and Land Use and finalized by the County Board's
Finance Committee. Purple Cow won the contract through
composting site is at the county-owned gravel pit in the
Town of Genesee, on Highway C and south of Highway 18.
addition to the 16 communities, Waukesha County's parks
and public works departments will drop off their organic
recyclables there. Residents cannot drop off materials
Syburg, president of Purple Cow Organics, said his firm
operates municipal composting sites in Wauwatosa,
Muskego and three in Dane County. Purple Cow has offices
in Oconomowoc and Middleton.
said he loathes calling leftover yard and wood materials
not waste until it's wasted," he said. "Purple Cow turns
once-living plant materials into high quality soils."
said Purple Cow compost is organic and used by
landscapers, homeowners and farmers. It's available at
independent garden centers, he said.
About 8,000 tons to be composted each year
county will pay Purple Cow $12 for each ton of waste
collected, said Perry Lindquist, Waukesha County land
resources manager. Purple Cow is expected to compost
about 8,000 tons of municipal materials annually,
meaning the county would be billed about $96,000, he
site also will serve as a drop-off for landscape
contractors, which should increase the tonnage of his
composting materials, Syburg said. Purple Cow will
establish a processing facility inside the gravel pit,
county had operated the composting station for several
years, but decided the best way to continue the site was
to contract out its operation to a private vendor, he
said. The county's operational permit expires at the end
of October and Purple Cow is expected to launch its
operations by then, Lindquist said.
Cow will need a joint conditional use permit from the
county and town to operate the composting business,
Lindquist said. The firm will also need a permit from
the state Department of Natural Resources.
Committee recommends approving Sussex land swap
other action, the committee also recommended approving a
land swap to accommodate the proposed Mammoth Springs
LLC retail and apartment development in Sussex.
recommendation will go before the County Board for final
approval next week.
Administrator Jeremy Smith has said that the county
trail for bicyclists and pedestrians passes through the
middle of the proposed development. The committee
approved a recommendation from the Waukesha County
Department of Parks and Land Use that the trail be
relocated to the edge of the development.
trail runs from Merton to Menomonee Falls. Mammoth
Springs is five buildings with 50 living units in each,
near Highway 74 and Main St., on the site of the old
Mammoth Springs Cannery.
stores are planned for the development, which is
expected to increase the village's tax base by $19
million, Smith said.
Mammoth Springs has agreed to build the alternative
route and maintain it, Lindquist said. Ownership of the
new route would be transferred to the county, he said.