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Managing waste and materials

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2/23/21 COVID-19 UPDATE: 

Thank you for your patience during the COVID-19 public health emergency. As state agencies continue operations, please understand that most of our staff are continuing to telework and may have limited access to files and delayed online connectivity.

Field work, including compliance inspections, is still taking place but at a limited basis. In most cases, staff will 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 out-of-office 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. For program-specific information, please search keyword "COVID19."

The DNR ensures proper management of solid waste through regulation of landfills and other solid waste management facilities. State regulations also encourage beneficial use of industrial byproducts to preserve resources, conserve energy and reduce the need for more landfills. The DNR's hazardous waste staff work with generators and transporters, along with treatment, storage and disposal facilities to ensure proper management of hazardous waste and prevent threats to human health and the environment.

Solid Waste

Hazardous waste

Recycling and composting

Requirements, best management practices and tips to reduce, reuse and recycle


Information on landfill siting, locations, environmental monitoring, tonnages and other data

Beneficial use of industrial byproducts

Learn about Wisconsin’s voluntary program to reuse high-volume industrial byproducts

Report a solid or hazardous waste complaint to the DNR

Instructions for contacting the DNR about waste complaints

Waste facility and transporter licenses

Licensing requirements, application instructions and lists of licensed waste facilities and transporters

Learn about opportunities for public comment

Current opportunities to comment on feasibility reports and other documents

Regional environmental program associates

Contacts for questions about licensing, assigning EPA ID numbers and other topics.
Regional environmental program associates

Construction and Demolition Debris

How to reduce, reuse and recycle waste from demolition, construction and renovation projects
Construction and Demolition Debris

Cleaning up storm debris

Requirements, best practices and resources for cleaning up after natural disasters
Cleaning up storm debris

Electronics recycling

Wisconsin’s electronics recycling law and how to e-cycle
Electronics recycling

Healthcare waste

Regulations and best practices for managing pharmaceuticals, sharps and other healthcare-related waste
Healthcare waste

Open burning

Learn about open burning dangers and when and what it’s safe to burn
Open burning