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For information on hazardous waste fees, contact:
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Hazardous waste generator environmental repair fee

Fee payments

Do not send an environmental fee payment to the DNR until you receive a cumulative environmental fee statement in June.

As part of the hazardous waste annual reporting process, some generators of hazardous waste must pay fees to the Department of Natural Resources. There is a base fee for some generators, and a fee based on the tonnage of hazardous waste generated.

The base fee portion is $470 for a large quantity generator (LQG) and $350 for a small quantity generator (SQG). There is no longer an exemption from the base fee for generators who meet certain criteria, so all large and small quantity generators must now pay the base fee. The tonnage fee portion of the fee is $20 per ton, with some exemptions. The maximum total hazardous waste generator fee that may be assessed is $17,500 per year, regardless of the amount of hazardous waste generated.

In the online reporting system for the hazardous waste annual report, the Fee Worksheet (FW) Form calculates a hazardous waste generator fee according to the statutory language that requires the fee (s.289.67(2), Wis. Stats.). The total fee is estimated by adding a site's base fee and tonnage fees. The base fee is determined by the site's hazardous waste generator status during the report year (indicated on the reporting requirements screen of the hazardous waste annual report). Tonnage fees are based on the amount of hazardous waste generated minus the amounts of waste exempted from tonnage fees.

By statute, no tonnage fees may be assessed for the following:

  • hazardous wastes recovered for recycling or reuse;
  • hazardous waste-contaminated leachate transported to a wastewater treatment plant or discharged directly to a sewer pipe;
  • hazardous wastes removed from a site or facility to repair environmental pollution;
  • household hazardous wastes collected by a municipality under its household hazardous waste collection program; and
  • hazardous wastes collected by a county under its agricultural chemical waste collection program.

The FW Form collects information about the amounts of these tonnage fee-exempted wastes so that fees are not assessed for them. For more information, see ss. 289.67(2)(a) through (e), Wis. Stats [PDF exit DNR].

Last revised: Friday June 20 2014