MILWAUKEE (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker is backing away from his proposal to eliminate mandatory recycling after some key GOP lawmakers said his plan went too far.

Instead, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Sunday, his administration is suggesting that some communities might want to merge their garbage collection services to save money.

Walker’s 2011-13 budget had called for ending the mandate that Wisconsin communities run recycling programs. His budget also ended the subsidy program that went with it. But Walker kept the requirement that homeowners and businesses still need to recycle paper, plastic and cans.

The newspaper reports that the Department of Natural Resources and a group of solid waste and recycling organizations traded proposals late last week on how to manage and fund recycling in future years.

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Comments (10)
  1. hg says:

    We love you, Governor Scott Walker. Keep up the great work.

  2. Dan says:

    “We” love you? You and which other person? 😉

    1. St Paul says:

      Good one Dan!!!

  3. Tom says:

    Is this guy from Mars? Or just taking orders from the right-wingers with all the money? He seems so completely an actor driven by hard-line dogma–personally unoriginal and not very curious about anything except pounding through a special agenda–like a Republic Tron.

    1. Rusty Shackelford says:

      Funny Tom, I am a pretty smart guy and my view is the complete opposite; To me this mandatory recycling is a socialsist athiest Liberal world order. But maybe I’m crazy.

      1. Richard in Minneapolis says:

        You’re crazy

      2. WHAT????? says:

        Rusty Shackelford
        What could being an atheist have anything to do with recycling? You have to be 1 of the biggest nut jobs of all times.
        Please try and start your cult on your own blog.

  4. whatever says:

    I don’t like him but I hate being forced to recycle. I would have supported this one.

  5. mominstfrancis says:

    recycling socialist? if recycling was optional everywhere in to US a good majority of people wouldnt do it and then where would we be putting all that trash? recycling is saving our planet from becoming one big dumpster so that maybe my greatgrandchildren will have a beautiful planet to enjoy! and walker is a nut! i agree we need to but spending… maybe he should start by cutting the pay for him self and others in government to match ore of what the majority of those in his state take home in pay in a year. holding office is a civic duty. not a money makin career!

    1. dan says:

      I believe Scortt Walker did agree to a much lower salary then the previous administration. You should look it up

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