Wisconsin Solid Waste and Recycling Legislative Update

The Wisconsin Legislature completed their work last month on the biennial state budget. Below are some highlights from the budget along with other pieces of legislation that have been active this session.

State Budget Bill – Wisconsin Act 20 – The spending on recycling and solid waste as defined by the budget bill resulted in relatively few changes. Here is a list of some of the appropriations included with the biennial budget with notable changes highlighted:

  • Basic Grants to Responsible Units – $19 million
  • Recycling Consolidation Grants to RUs – $1 million
  • Clean Sweep Grants (DATCP) $750,000 (note an additional $750,000 is found in year one to address the timing of the grant cycle. Participants should see no change.)
  • DNR, UW-Extension and UW System appropriations consistent with previous budget

The following bills have been introduced during the current session and I believe each maybe related in some way to solid waste, recycling etc. SB refers to Senate Bill and AB refers to Assembly Bill.

SB 113/AB 127 – Property tax exemption for a nonprofit resale shop. This bill exempts the property of a resale store that is owned by a nonprofit organization from property taxes if at least 50 percent of the revenue generated by the resale store is given to one other nonprofit organization located in the same or an adjacent county. This bill was incorporated into the state budget bill – Wisconsin Act 20.

SB 121/AB 131 – Lead acid battery sale and acceptance of used lead acid batteries. This bill requires a person who sells a lead acid battery to a consumer to charge a deposit of not less than $5. The bill also defines the term “deposit” for the purposes of that law. Senate referred to Natural Resources Committee; Assembly referred to Committee on Environment and Forestry

AB 106/SB 103 – Utility customer information – This bill imposes restriction on a municipal utility’s release of “customer information”, which the bill defines as any information received from customers, which serves to identify customers individually by usage or account status. This bill was passed by both chambers and signed into law as Wisconsin Act 25

AB 159/SB 145 – This bill doubles the minimum and maximum forfeitures for certain speeding violations and the minimum and maximum forfeitures or fines for reckless driving violations committed where sanitation workers are at risk from traffic and the driver knows or should know that sanitation workers are present. This bill was passed by both chambers and signed into law as Wisconsin Act 39

Clean Sweep Grant Rule Revision – The Department of Ag, Trade and Consumer Protection has begun the process of reviewing the state regulations related to the Clean Sweep Grant program. Earlier this year DATCP held a series of listening sessions around the state. Further information is posted on their website.