Honorable Steve Kagen, M.D.

Wisconsin's former 8th District Representative

January 4, 2007 to December 22, 2010

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Kagen Says Recycling Facility Means New Jobs

July 13, 2009

Contact:  Jake Rubin
Office: (202) 225-5665


(APPLETON, WI)  Congressman Steve Kagen, M.D. heralded the Tri-County Single-Stream Recycling facility as “forward thinking”.  The Congressman attended the grand opening of the new plant in Appleton today and spoke about the how working towards an energy independent future can stimulate our economy in the present.

“The Tri-County Single-Stream Recycling facility reflects our traditional Wisconsin values of being responsible and saving for the future.  It creates jobs.  It stimulates our local economy and demonstrates how by working together as a community we will build a better future for all of us in Northeast Wisconsin,” said Kagen.

According to figures released by the facility, the $9.9 million facility will serve over 60 communities and 200,000 households. Initially, the site will process 50,000 tons of recyclables a year, but it has the capacity to process 80,000 tons a year. The plant will employ 25 people and will be run by Outagamie County.

“New jobs, a clean environment and economic security are tied together and the Tri-County Single-Stream Recycling facility is a perfect example of that.  This is the kind of forward thinking I believe is necessary to bring about the changes we need,” said Kagen.

Congressman Kagen recently voted for the American Clean Energy and Security Act to create higher wage jobs and support industries across Wisconsin.  The bill encourages private sector investments in clean energy to create jobs while supporting key industries in Northeast Wisconsin like papermaking and agriculture.  Kagen called the bill “a necessary step to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and build a better future for our children and grandchildren.”

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