Clean Sweep Program Restored
The legislature’s budget writing committee acted to restore the Clean Sweep program in a motion made on May 22. This reversed the elimination of the program and restored $750,000 in funding. Governor Doyle had proposed eliminating the program, which is funded through the state’s recycling fund.
The Clean Sweep program has been effective in providing a safe alternative for the disposal of hazardous chemicals. It is particularly valuable in rural areas, where proper disposal sites may not be available. In such cases, hazardous chemicals have been illegally dumped, causing a health and safety hazard.