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7/6/21 COVID-19 UPDATE: 

Thank you for your patience during the COVID-19 public health emergency. As staff at state agencies return to state office buildings, we anticipate operations will begin to resemble pre-pandemic conditions. However, we will continue to utilize online or virtual business practices that were found to be efficient over the past year.

Field work, including compliance inspections, continue to take place but you may notice an uptick in activity as conditions allow. In most cases, staff will continue to schedule pre-inspection calls with facilities to gather some of the information that would previously have been collected while on-site. These advance calls will also be used to discuss safety protocols for on-site visits that may be needed to complete all aspects of a compliance assessment.

Staff will keep their voicemails and availability messages up to date and will respond as they are able.

For the most up-to-date information, please visit our COVID-19 information webpage.

Solid waste landfills in Wisconsin are professionally designed, constructed and operated to minimize the risk of pollution. The DNR regulates landfills to prevent negative impacts to people and the environment. Landfills must collect and treat liquids and gases they generate before releasing them to the environment. Landfill operators must monitor their facilities to detect any contamination, report monitoring data to the DNR and respond quickly to any problems. Money is set aside during landfill operation to ensure that monitoring and maintenance continue after the landfill closes. DNR staff inspect landfills regularly.

Solid waste tip fees and landfill tonnage reports

Current landfill tip fees and disposal data from 1990 to the present

Environmental monitoring data

Public access to Groundwater Environmental Monitoring System data for active and closed landfills

Historic and current disposal sites

Searchable online database for people purchasing land, governments and businesses planning expansion

Development on historical fill sites and licensed landfills

Process and guidance for development on historic fill sites and licensed landfills

Landfill siting process

Outline of state and local approval process for new and expanded landfills
Landfill siting process

Opportunities for public comment

The public has opportunities to provide input during the process of siting or expanding a landfill
Opportunities for public comment

Find a licensed landfill near you

Find a licensed landfill near you

Managing waste and materials

More information on requirements for managing solid and hazardous waste in Wisconsin
Managing waste and materials

Recycling and composting

Requirements, best management practices and tips for keeping waste out of landfills
Recycling and composting