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Enviro-Mich message from "Jeff Surfus" <jeffsurfus@mediaone.net>
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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
NO WASTE

----- 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
story
> at http://www.wastenews.com/headlines2.html?id=1012342803
>
> A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Wisconsin´s new recycling
fee
> has been thrown out by a federal judge who says the case belongs in
state
> court.
>
> The National Solid Wastes Management Association filed a lawsuit against
the
> Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources challenging the validity of a
$3
> 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
are
> earmarked fund recycling programs. The state began charging the fee Jan.
1.
>
> Shabaz wrote in his order. "First, by increasing the cost of disposing
of
> waste in Wisconsin facilities, waste generators and transporters will be
> motivated to address the flow of waste to Wisconsin facilities, either
by
> reducing total waste produced or by diverting waste to facilities out of
> state.
>
> "Second, given the limited ability of waste producers and haulers to
reduce
> 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
apparent
> that both effects were intended and expected by the Wisconsin
legislature
> 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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