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This Week in…Wisconsin’s Future

One of most pressing issues facing Wisconsin residents in the future is how to deal with our recycling and waste strategies. Historically, Wisconsin residents have been national leaders for recycling and keeping garbage out of landfills. But beyond stuffing your cans and bottles in the blue barrel instead of the gray one, what can the average Wisconsinite do about this problem? According to Rep. Larry Balow of Eau Claire (D) Wisconsin should increase the amount it charges waste haulers to dump garbage in state landfills–boost Wisconsin’s “tipping fee” from 30 cents a ton of garbage to $10 a ton. Granted, landfill management is not a hot-button issue for most residents, but the facts surrounding solid waste policies make clear that something must be changed in the way we handle our trash:

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