WAUKESHA COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION LEAGUE
The excessive generation of waste and its disposal has created a need for an integrated solid waste disposal plan. On April 27, 1990, the State of Wisconsin passed Wisconsin Act 335, the Recycling Law. The policies set forth within the Act are being practiced throughout the state.
Focusing on pollution prevention, WEAL supports the following components of the Act:
By following the above, residents of Waukesha County have greatly reduced the amount of waste destined for disposal. Because prevention is a key factor in reducing waste, WEAL endorses educational programs stressing reduction, reuse, and other alternatives, to achieve waste minimization goals set forth within Wisconsin Act 335.
WEAL opposes incineration as a disposal option, and objected to a waste-to-energy incinerator proposal for Waukesha County in December of 1990.
In conjunction with WEAL's pollution prevention strategy, we endorse:
An integrated solid waste disposal plan can only be effective through cooperation of citizens and government at all levels. This will result in a number of lifestyle changes, ultimately improving the quality of life for Waukesha County residents.
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Land Application of Sewage Sludge
Addendum to WEAL'S Waste Issues Position Statement
WEAL opposes the land application of sludge generated at wastewater treatment plants (WWTP's) because of the following concerns:
WEAL also opposes land application of septage sludge.
Because beneficial nutrients are present along with toxins in sewage sludge, WEAL supports:
Implementing programs of this nature will reduce the volume of toxic materials entering WWTP's resulting in the production of safer soil amendments.
Additionally, WEAL supports public ownership and control of WWTP's and will continue to advocate for programs and methods designed to achieve pollution prevention and accountability for the citizens of Waukesha County.
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