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[GreenYes] Re: Getting Haulers to Recycle More

Gretchen -- Wisconsin has long had a requirement on its books that
licensed waste haulers must comply with the statutory prohibitions on
land disposal of items ranging from lead-acid batteries, waste oil, yard
waste and major appliances (absolute bans) to newspaper, cardboard,
magazines, office paper, tires, and bottles and cans (except for
incidental amounts originating from a region with an effective recycling
program). Relevant statute is s. 287.07, Wis. Stats.:

In addition, Wisconsin recently instituted a rule requiring licensed
waste haulers to notify their customers in writing at the time services
begin, and at least once per year therafter, of the need to comply with
state and local laws requiring all residential and commercial generators
to recycle. We have enforced this requirement in several instances
where notification was not being made. Haulers are also required by law
to provide municipalities with weights of recyclable materials collected
from that municipality, maintain the separation and cleanliness of
collected recyclables, and produce documentation that collected
recyclables have been delivered to brokers, processors or end users upon
request by the Department. Haulers are NOT required, currently, to
"police" their customers by examining waste loads and enforcing the
recycling rules on their clients. (In general, they won't pick up a
major appliance because they know the landfill will refuse disposal.
Unfortunately, the same can't be said about a load with a lot of
cardboard or beverage containers.)

The hauler rules are at s. NR 502.06, Wisconsin Administrative Code:

Brad Wolbert - Hydrogeologist
Wisconsin DNR

At 10:17 AM 3/1/2007, Brewer, Gretchen (DEP) wrote:

MassDEP is conducting a brief informal survey of states,
counties and municipalities that regulate, permit, or have voluntary
agreements with solid waste and recycling haulers aimed at getting
haulers and their customers, especially commercial generators, to
recycle more. What are the requirements or choices haulers have within
these models relative to: outreach and education to customers on
recycling requirements; providing incentives (such as rebates and
revenue/profit sharing based on commodity sales); reporting to customers
and/or agencies on amounts recycled, composted, or trashed; providing
recycling services (such as parallel access); and any other thoughts.
We are currently working on exploring the possibility of a voluntary
certification program for haulers and these examples would be helpful
for us. Thanks.

Gretchen Brewer
Bureau of Waste Prevention
Planning & Evaluation
One Winter St, 8 fl
Boston, MA 02108

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