Recycling and composting

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Wisconsin has a strong history of recycling and composting, and each of us has a role to play in continuing this success. We keep almost 2 million tons of material out of Wisconsin landfills and incinerators every year through recycling and composting. Recycling and composting are good for our economy, providing hundreds of community-based jobs and reusing valuable materials that would otherwise go to waste. Reducing our waste through recycling and composting is also good for our environment, reducing waste, cutting air pollution and saving energy.

Wisconsin's commitment to reduce, reuse and recycle is shown by its comprehensive recycling laws. The laws ban disposal and incineration of certain materials and delegate responsibility to local government responsible units for implementing municipal recycling programs to manage the banned materials. A separate electronics recycling law requires manufacturers of covered electronics to finance collection and recycling of electronics from households and schools.

Last Revised: Thursday December 18 2014