Before December 1 of each year, beginning in 2012, the department shall provide a report on the program under this section to the legislature under s. 13.172 (2)
and to the governor. The department shall include all of the following in the report:
The total weight of eligible electronic devices recycled.
A summary of the information provided by manufacturers and recyclers under subs. (5)
Information concerning the recycling programs used by manufacturers to recycle eligible electronic devices.
Information concerning the collection and recycling of eligible electronic devices by persons other than registered manufacturers, registered collectors, and registered recyclers.
Information about any disposal of eligible electronic devices in landfills and any burning of eligible electronic devices in solid waste treatment facilities in this state.
A description of any actions taken to enforce the requirements of this section.
Any recommendations to apply the requirements under sub. (2)
to additional kinds of devices.
Report concerning federal legislation.
If a federal law relating to the collection and recycling of covered electronic devices sold in the United States is enacted, the department shall prepare a report describing the effect of the federal law and shall submit the report under s. 13.172 (3)
to the committee of each house of the legislature with jurisdiction over solid waste policy.
The department shall promote public participation in the collection and recycling of eligible electronic devices by and on behalf of manufacturers through education and outreach activities. The department shall facilitate communications between local governments, persons operating solid waste collection and recycling centers, and manufacturers to ensure that manufacturers are aware of eligible electronic devices that are available for recycling.
The department shall assist recyclers to identify federal and state requirements concerning the storage, transportation, export, and processing of eligible electronic devices and materials derived from eligible electronic devices. The department shall assist collectors to identify health, environmental, safety, and financial responsibility requirements applicable to collectors.
Cooperation with other states.
The department may cooperate with other states to effectuate the program under this section. The department may, with other states, operate a regional system for creating, trading, and selling credits for recycling eligible electronic devices.
Suspension and revocation.
The department may revoke the registration of a manufacturer who violates sub. (2) (a)
, or (5)
. The department may suspend or revoke the registration of a collector or recycler who violates sub. (7)
Addition or exemption of eligible electronic devices.
If the department determines that the disposal or burning of a kind of electronic device that is not listed in sub. (1) (gs)
in a solid waste facility may be harmful to human health or the environment, the department may promulgate a rule specifying that the kind of electronic device is an eligible electronic device, is subject to s. 287.07 (5) (a)
, or both. If the department determines that the disposal or burning of a kind of electronic device that is listed in sub. (1) (gs)
or s. 287.07 (5) (a)
in a solid waste facility is not harmful to human health and is not harmful to the environment or if the department determines that it is not feasible to require the recycling of a kind of electronic device that is listed in sub. (1) (gs)
or s. 287.07 (5) (a)
, the department may promulgate a rule specifying that the kind of electronic device is not an eligible electronic device, is not subject to s. 287.07 (5) (a)
, or both. The department may not promulgate a rule under this paragraph that takes effect before October 1, 2011.
The department may perform or contract for the performance of an audit of the activities of a registered collector or registered recycler. If the department performs or contracts for the performance of an audit of a collector or recycler during the first 3 years in which the collector or recycler is registered under sub. (7)
or (8) (a)
, the collector or recycler shall pay 25 percent of the cost of the audit. If the department performs or contracts for the performance of an audit of a collector or recycler after the first 3 years in which the collector or recycler is registered, the collector or recycler shall pay 50 percent of the cost of the audit.
Modification of registration fee.
The department may modify the registration fee under sub. (4) (b) 1.
by rule. The department may not promulgate a rule under this paragraph that takes effect before October 1, 2011.
Any manufacturer who violates this section may be required to forfeit not more than $10,000 for each violation.
Any person, other than a manufacturer, who violates this section may be required to forfeit not more than $1,000 for each violation.
Lead acid battery collection. 287.18(1)(b)
“Consumer" means a person who uses a battery.
“Deposit" means an amount charged upon the sale of an item, whether as a separate charge or included in the original purchase price of the item, that is refunded when the item, or another item of the same kind, is relinquished to the person who sold the item. “Deposit" includes a core charge.
“Retailer" means a person who sells batteries to consumers.
The department shall provide a notice concerning the disposal of batteries to all retailers. The notice shall be 8.5 inches by 11 inches and all notices shall be of the same color, typeface and type size. The notice shall include all of the following information:
That it is illegal to dispose of a motor vehicle battery or other battery in a landfill or incinerator.
That state law requires retailers to accept used batteries in trade and in some other instances.
A retailer shall post the notice provided under par. (a)
in a place where it can be seen by consumers.
A retailer who sells a battery to a consumer and installs the battery shall accept the used battery unless the consumer refuses to relinquish the used battery.
If the consumer refuses to relinquish the used battery under par. (a)
, the retailer shall comply with sub. (3)
If a retailer sells a battery to a consumer without installing the battery or if sub. (2) (b)
applies, the retailer shall do all of the following:
Subject to par. (b)
, accept the consumer's used battery in trade for a new battery without charge or time limit, during normal business hours, at any business location owned or operated by the retailer.
A retailer accepting a used battery in trade under par. (a) 3.
may require the consumer to provide proof that the consumer purchased a battery from the retailer.
Except as provided in par. (b)
, if a person delivers to a retailer a used battery to which sub. (3) (a) 3.
does not apply, the retailer shall accept the used battery. A retailer may charge up to $3 for each battery delivered under this paragraph.
A retailer is not required to accept more than 2 batteries delivered under this subsection by a person on one day.
A retailer shall charge a deposit of $10 on the sale of an automotive type replacement battery, such as an automobile, truck, motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle, utility terrain vehicle, snowmobile, golf cart, tractor, lawn and garden equipment, or marine battery or other battery used to start an internal combustion engine. The retailer shall refund the deposit if the consumer delivers the battery to the retailer under sub. (3) (a) 3.
History: 1989 a. 335
; 1991 a. 32
; 1995 a. 227
; Stats. 1995 s. 287.18; 2013 a. 305
Disposal of mercuric oxide batteries. 287.185(1)(c)
“Waste mercuric oxide battery" means a mercuric oxide battery that is no longer suitable for its original purpose due to use, wear, damage or defect.
Beginning on July 1, 1994, no person, except for a person operating a collection site identified under s. 100.27 (5) (a)
, may treat, store or dispose of a waste mercuric oxide battery, other than a mercuric oxide button cell battery, except by sending it to a collection site identified under s. 100.27 (5) (a)
A person operating a collection site identified under s. 100.27 (5) (a)
shall recycle or have recycled all collected waste mercuric oxide batteries unless no reasonable alternative exists.
History: 1993 a. 74
; 1995 a. 227
; Stats. 1995 s. 287.185.
Statewide technical assistance. 287.19(1)(1)
The department shall provide assistance to individuals, groups, businesses, state agencies, counties and municipalities in all aspects of recycling consistent with this subchapter, and whenever practical shall be provided with an emphasis on documents and material easy to read and understand by the general public. This assistance may be provided through programs established under s. 287.21
and shall include all of the following:
Providing information on how to conduct a survey of the composition of solid waste and, as appropriate, conducting one or more surveys.
Maintaining current estimates of the amount of components of solid waste specified in s. 287.07
generated by categories of businesses, industries, municipalities and other governmental entities and of the amount of material that is recovered from solid waste for reuse or recycling.
Providing solid waste generators with information on how to manage solid waste consistent with s. 287.05 (12)
Identifying appropriate qualifications of program coordinators and staff.
Preparing sample ordinances, procedural handbooks and contracts.
Identifying sources of information regarding the creation and operation of a municipal or county program.
Providing advice, upon the request of a municipality or county, on implementing the municipality's or county's solid waste management plan.
In providing assistance under sub. (1)
, the department may provide assistance relating to the marketing of materials recovered from solid waste.
History: 1989 a. 335
; 1993 a. 75
; 1995 a. 227
; Stats. 1995 s. 287.19; 1997 a. 60
; 2003 a. 33
Statewide education program.
The department shall collect, prepare and disseminate information and conduct educational and training programs designed to assist in the implementation of solid waste management programs under ss. 287.01
, enhance municipal and county solid waste management programs under s. 287.09 (2) (a)
and inform the public of the relationship among an individual's consumption of goods and services, the generation of different types and quantities of solid waste and the implementation of the solid waste management priorities in s. 287.05 (12)
. The department shall prepare the information and programs on a statewide basis for the following groups:
Municipal, county and state officials and employees.
Kindergarten through graduate students and teachers.
Private solid waste scrap brokers, dealers and processors.
Businesses that use or could use recycled materials or that produce or could produce products from recycled materials and persons who provide support services to those businesses.
History: 1989 a. 335
; 1995 a. 227
; Stats. 1995 s. 287.21; 2015 a. 7
Yard waste publicity.
The department shall conduct activities to make the public aware of the need to cease disposing of yard waste in solid waste disposal facilities.
History: 1989 a. 31
; 1991 a. 32
; Stats. 1989 s. 159.215; 1995 a. 227
; Stats. 1995 s. 287.215.
Council on recycling. 287.22(1)(1)
In this section, “council" means the council on recycling.
The council shall do all of the following:
Promote the efficient and prompt implementation of state programs related to solid waste reduction, recovery and recycling.
Advise and assist state agencies and authorities and county and municipal officials in the coordination of programs and the exchange of information related to solid waste reduction, recovery and recycling. This assistance, whenever practical, shall be provided with an emphasis on documents and material easy to read and understand by the general public.
Advise the department and the University of Wisconsin System concerning educational efforts and research related to solid waste reduction, recovery and recycling.
Develop recommendations and cooperate with the packaging industry concerning establishing and implementing standards for recyclable packaging.
Develop recommendations, advise and assist county and municipal officials and the automotive service industry to promote the recycling of oil filters used in motor vehicles and other machinery.
Advise the department concerning the development of a statewide plan for public service announcements that would provide information about recycling programs and the benefits of recycling through radio and television announcements produced in this state's production facilities and designate a liaison with television and radio stations to try to secure the broadcast of the public service announcements.
(2m) Status reports.
The council may request a status report from any state agency or authority implementing a solid waste reduction, recovery or recycling program.
The council may create subcommittees to assist in its work. Subcommittee members may include members of the council, state employees and representatives of counties and municipalities and others.