Eliminating mandate won't end recycling
MADISON—Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to lift a state mandate on locally-run recycling programs won’t mean an end to separating paper, plastic, aluminum and glass from the regular trash.
State law still requires people to properly dispose of recyclable material. A first-time violation can result in a $50 fine. A second violation could mean a $200 fine.
Walker’s two-year budget proposal eliminates a subsidy and mandate that each community operate a recycling program. The state’s director of waste and material management, Ann Coakley, said that communities might charge residents more for service, or switch from curbside pickups to drop-off sites.