Fines for littering in Wisconsin may be doubled

By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email
By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email

Fines for littering in Wisconsin would be doubled under a bill that has passed the state Senate.

The measure passed on Thursday would double the fine from $500 to $1,000. It would only apply to those who litter large items like appliances, furniture, tires, cars and boats. A similar version previously passed the Assembly that would also have applied to smaller littering like cigarette butts and food wrappers.

An identical version must pass both houses before it heads to Governor Doyle for his consideration.


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  • by Gerald Location: EC on Mar 9, 2010 at 06:45 PM
    Just make sure you get all those unsavory types that toss out cigarette buds from cars. Low lifes, of course, most of the people who still smoke are.
  • by Joe Location: Chetek on Mar 8, 2010 at 04:53 PM
    Most poeole don't litter next to their home,so if you throw trash out by my house I"am throwing it back on the road for you & your family to drive on.
  • by Governement force Location: causes cost hikes on Mar 8, 2010 at 07:18 AM
    Regulations are what have caused the spike in disposal fees. It got it's big start with appliances with CFC's in them. Places that take these have to spend to comply, and pass this on to the "consumer", although that is not the right word. Garbage collection has gone up because government fiddleing around with fuel and tipping costs. Recycled products still cost more than those made from new materials, another lie we were told in the 80's when this all got its big start. You can bet that it has less to do with how it is done, but because of regulations and fees on how it is done.
  • by Josh Location: Eau Claire on Mar 7, 2010 at 09:00 PM
    You should all go to the Wyomings craigs list Rants and Raves and see how they are discussing, Wisconsins Fines for littering. Hysterical!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 7, 2010 at 09:47 AM
    cha ching
  • by Bill Location: Eau Claire on Mar 7, 2010 at 06:13 AM
    I don't understand you guys you paid what maybe upward to 500 or 1000 dollars to buy a TV, microwave, computer etc. and you can't come up with 10 bucks to have it disposed of properly? Just consider it part of the cost of owning these items. Those things are full of harmful chemical and lead which will end up in our drinking water. I wish they would have made this law cover any littering especially cigarette butts. I love following some idiot that tosses a lit cigarette out of his window and it flies into the my Jeep when I have the top off. Think of other people stupid you aren't in this world alone.
  • by Bill Location: Fall Creek on Mar 6, 2010 at 10:21 AM
    Recycling is a farce. Just another reason that lazy public workers use to stay employed and to keep us poor. Its no wonder that people dump secretly in the night. Though, the only thing I personaly have ever littered is an apple core out my car window, I will defend those who are mad at the system and do more.
  • by Randolph Location: Eau Claire on Mar 5, 2010 at 02:53 PM
    I agree. Recycling will not save the planet, but make a few very rich. When it comes down to it, all the cleaning and transporting of these items probably uses much more energy then mining and production of replacements. Make it voluntary and free, or better yet, pay people for these items. Might get better compliance. Oh, and I miss the old landfill days too. Nothing like backing your truck up to the edge of a pit and tossing it in. Quick, painless. We have oodles of land where these could be built. Ever been to Wyoming? No one around but jack rabbits and mule deer. Even here, put a big fence around one and no one need no its there as they pass by. Ignorance is bliss. )Thats why I'm so gosh darn happy) Yup, it'll be a might cold day before I pay 10 bucks to recycle a TV. I'll dig a hole in my back yard first. If there are so many useful things in there, why aren't private industries paying us? Because we are made to pay them to take them!! Ahh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
  • by Simon Location: is right on Mar 5, 2010 at 02:29 PM
    on target mostly. The more regulations the government imposed, the more it costs to dispose of most of the items you find laying in the woods and along the road. That is the problem, they keep nickel and diming us every where you turn. Most recycling is a hoax. It costs more to recycle than to make new, and the rumor is that it all ends up in the landfill in Gerald's back yard.
  • by Gerald Location: Union on Mar 5, 2010 at 10:12 AM
    Simon, quit talking like that, next thing you know thiere will be a landfill in our backyard!
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