Wisconsin Solid Waste: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Solid waste laws and rules: Wisconsin Statutes Annotated (WSA) 287, WSA 289, and regulations at Wisconsin Administrative Code, Department of Natural Resources (NR) 499 to 555

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Definition of solid waste: WSA 289.01(33)

Solid waste facility licensing: NR 500.06, NR 500.08, and NR 520.04

Financial responsibilities: WSA 289.41 and NR 520.05 to 520.10

Fees: WSA 289.61 to 289.68, NR 520.04, and NR 520.14

Training rules: NR 520.04 and NR 524

Solid waste disposal: NR 520.04(6), NR 524.04, NR 524.08, and NR 524.09

Solid waste treatment: NR 499.07, NR 499.09, and NR 499.10

Materials banned from disposal or incineration:

General restrictions: WSA 287.07 and NR 506.095

Electronic devices: WSA 287.07(5)

Oil filters and oil absorbent materials: WSA 287.07(4m)

Regulatory Agency

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Air and Waste Bureau of Waste and Materials Management Solid Waste Management Program

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Wisconsin has extensive solid (nonhazardous) waste regulations that exceed the federal solid waste management guidelines. The state rules include requirements for licensing, fees, landfills, incineration, transportation, and recycling. See the state section RECYCLING for information on the state's nonhazardous waste recycling requirements.

Administration and enforcement. DNR's Solid Waste Management Program administers and enforces the solid waste regulations in Wisconsin.

State Requirements


WSA 289.01(33)

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