By Julia DePalma

With less than 10 years of landfill space remaining at Dane County’s Rodefeld Landfill, our community has an opportunity to plan for our changing waste stream and purposefully set the foundation to advance us towards a circular economy.   

The Vision

The Dane County Department of Waste and Renewables’ vision for the next site includes development of a sustainable business park or “Sustainability Campus,” to divert waste and create local circular economies.  This will be accomplished by attracting:

  • Reuse, Repair, and Recycling businesses; 
  • New waste management technologies; 
  • Research on waste management. 

The intent is to design the site for safe public access, education, and recreation where visitors can examine their relationship with waste and the Dane County community can move towards a future where waste is not a liability, but a resource and an opportunity. 

Dane County is currently working with the City of Madison to determine the feasibility of utilizing a portion of the Yahara Hills property for this project.   


Learn More

  • You can learn more about the proposed project here:
  • Attend this Public Outreach Meeting:  Thursday, April 21, 2022, 6:30-8 pm, via Zoom or in Person:
    •  Village of McFarland Municipal Center, 5915 Milwaukee St., McFarland. (Poster session, followed by listening session)  
    • Register here
  • Submit questions before the Public Outreach Meeting, To:  (Staff will respond during the Public Outreach Meeting.)