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Wisconsin, USA


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Disposal Ban Overview

Wisconsin bans recyclable containers, paper and cardboard, yard debris, electronics and appliances from disposal in landfills and incinerators. The bans allow small amounts of these materials to be in mixed garbage in areas with effective and compliant recycling programs, recognizing that strong programs still do not capture 100% of the materials for recycling.

The disposal bans were implemented as follows:

  • 1991: banned car batteries, appliances and waste oil (oil can be burned for energy recovery
  • 1993: banned yard waste, including grass clippings, leaves and brush under six inches in diameter (yard waste can be burned for energy recovery)
  • 1995: banned aluminum containers, cardboard and containerboard, glass containers, magazines, newspaper, office paper, steel and tin containers and waste tires (can be burned)
  • 2010: banned electronics including computer equipment, TVs and cell phones
  • 2011: banned used oil filters and materials used to absorb waste oil

All sectors statewide are required to source separate newspaper, glass, aluminum and steel containers, #1 and #2 plastic containers, and either corrugated paper or magazines. Other plastic containers and foam polystyrene packaging were exempted from the disposal ban until adequate recycling markets for these materials are further developed.

The state grandfathered into the law two waste incinerators by allowing them to continue burning paper and plastics, although local ordinances may require those materials to be recycled.

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