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Recycling Groups Keep Up Fight Against Planned State Funding Cuts

Advocates Say Walker Budget Would Reduce Recycling Services

Dan McKay (CC-BY)

More groups are speaking up against Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to reduce state dollars for recycling.

A coalition of pro-recycling agencies, including the governor-appointed Council on Recycling has written a letter to Walker and state lawmakers opposing Walker’s plan to slice recycling grants to local governments by $4 million.

Council chairman Rick Meyers said the financial cuts would lead to less service.

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“A reduction in collections, frequency, more rural drop-off sites might be restricting services,” he said.

Meyers said the cut would be the second major one in four years. The governor’s office has said this would be a one-time reduction to ensure a positive balance in the Environmental Management Account, as revenues have not been keeping pace with expenditures.

The money would be increased back to the base level in the second year of the budget.