In Wisconsin, you cannot put many recyclable or compostable items in the trash. Wisconsin’s recycling law bans the landfilling or incineration of these materials to conserve valuable resources. These disposal bans went into effect in several stages, beginning in the 1990s. Two new bans took effect in 2010 and 2011, covering electronics and used oil filters. Note that some local ordinances may require additional materials to be recycled.

Why ban items from the landfill and incinerator?
The items on this list are made of materials that can be reused in new products. Some also have toxic components that we do not want in our groundwater, air or soil. Recycling and composting allow landfills to last longer, provide markets with valuable reusable materials, create jobs, and prevent pollution.
Why not ban more materials?
Corrugated cardboard is banned while waxed cardboard is not. Some things with plugs, like computers, are banned, while others, like toasters, are not. Why?  Current bans cover some of the most easily reusable or most toxic materials on the market today. Eventually more items may be added to this list as new recycling markets develop or the types of materials we throw away change.  The following items are banned from Wisconsin landfills and incinerators statewide and should be reused, recycled or composted.

The following items are banned from Wisconsin landfills and incinerators statewide and should be reused, recycled or composted.