To keep out-of-state trash from entering Wisconsin landfills, state legislators have proposed raising the state's landfill tipping fee from $3 per ton to $10 per ton. According to the Duluth News Tribune newspaper, legislators believe that the state's relatively cheap tipping fee is responsible for the increased amount of out-of-state solid waste being disposed of in Wisconsin's landfills.
Minnesota and Illinois are among the states sending their solid waste to Wisconsin, according to the paper.
The bill's sponsor has said the increased tipping fees would help fund local recycling programs.
Environmentalists have generally come out in favor of the bill. However, some legislators have voiced concern about the impact that increased trash bills could have on the state's senior citizens and businesses, according to the paper.