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E-M:/ Wisconsin recycling fee upheld

Enviro-Mich message from "Jeff Surfus" <jeffsurfus@mediaone.net>

If it's good enough for Wisconsin it's good enough for Michigan.  And a
federal judge says its constitutional!  Secondly, if we don't do it,
Wisconsin waste haulers and generators are going to be increasingly
looking to Michigan to avoid the fee.

Jeff Surfus

----- Original Message -----
From: "Bill Sheehan" <zerowaste@grrn.org>
To: "GreenYesL" <greenyes@grrn.org>
Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2002 4:05 AM
Subject: [GreenYes] Wisconsin recycling fee upheld

> Waste News reports on a case in which waste haulers object to Wisconsin
> landfill surcharges funding recycling.  Excerpts below: read the full
> at http://www.wastenews.com/headlines2.html?id=1012342803
> A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Wisconsin´s new recycling
> has been thrown out by a federal judge who says the case belongs in
> court.
> The National Solid Wastes Management Association filed a lawsuit against
> Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources challenging the validity of a
> fee levied on each ton of trash disposed of in the state. The fee is
> expected to raise $17 million to $21 million per year, and the receipts
> earmarked fund recycling programs. The state began charging the fee Jan.
> Shabaz wrote in his order. "First, by increasing the cost of disposing
> waste in Wisconsin facilities, waste generators and transporters will be
> motivated to address the flow of waste to Wisconsin facilities, either
> reducing total waste produced or by diverting waste to facilities out of
> state.
> "Second, given the limited ability of waste producers and haulers to
> waste and the economics of waste transportation, the tipping fee will
> produce a predictable and substantial revenue stream to fund Wisconsin´s
> mandatory recycling program requirements," the judge wrote. "It is
> that both effects were intended and expected by the Wisconsin
> when enacting the law."
> ***
> For more on how recycling threatens profits of the waste industry, see
> articles under "Waste Industry vs. Recycling" at
> http://www.grrn.org/landfill/index.html
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