Wisconsin ban on oil in landfills beginsWisconsin environmental officials are reminding people they can't throw oil filters and oil absorbents into landfills any more.
By: The Associated Press, Superior Telegram
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin environmental officials are reminding people they can't throw oil filters and oil absorbents into landfills any more.
A new law banning disposal of used automotive oil filters and oil absorbent materials in landfills took effect on Jan. 1. The ban includes everyone in the state, from homeowners and farmers to businesses and industrial operations. Violators will face fines ranging from $50 to $2,000.
The Department of Natural Resources estimates Wisconsin residents throw away about 187,000 gallons of oil in used filters and 1.6 million gallons of oil in absorbents annually.
The University of Wisconsin Cooperate Extension website offers a list of recycling options.