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Plan Aims to turn Trash into Energy "Treasure"

June 28, 2007

Turning trash into energy treasure is one goal of the budget plan approved by the State Senate. The budget would increase the fee for dumping garbage, known as a tipping fee. The money would go in part toward grants and loans to help state businesses develop alternative energy technologies like wind turbines, solar panels, and bio-fuel production.
Plus, Keith Reopelle with Clean Wisconsin says it would reduce the out-of-state garbage dumped in Wisconsin and get more benefit from what trash still comes in.

“By increasing the tipping fee, it would decrease the amount of out-of-state waste into Wisconsin, and those tipping fees would be invested into new clean energy technologies, which would be a hedge against rising fuel costs.”

Reopelle adds the plan would help Wisconsin capture the benefits of a growth industry.

“It would be an investment in manufacturing and other facilities that would create jobs in development of clean energy technology in Wisconsin.”

The waste management industry has criticized the plan, saying the increased dumping fees would raise costs for businesses. But Reopelle notes that dumping in Wisconsin is still cheaper than in Illinois or Minnesota, even with the $4-per-ton increase. Two previous renewable energy funding plans were rejected by Assembly Republicans on the Joint Finance Committee.

Rob Ferrett/Eric Mack, Public News Service - WI