Hazardous Waste Collection

2020 Annual Cleansweep Schedule

● Tuesday, August 11th – Bayfield County Fairgrounds 7080 North Main St, Iron River, 2pm – 7pm

● Wednesday, August 12th – Ashland WITC Campus, south parking lot, 2pm – 7pm

2020 Annual 9 COUNTY Household Hazardous Waste Schedule

Any resident may participate in any of these events, regardless of county of residency.

August 2020 Hazardous Waste Poster

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Household Hazardous Waste

Northwest Wisconsin residents and farmers can properly dispose of their hazardous chemicals. There is no charge for most materials for households & farms (see list below).  Residents can dispose of unwanted medications for free at the Ashland collection site.

Step 1: Gather your hazardous waste, including:

  • Oil & solvent-based paint, lead paint ● Stains, shellac, varnish, wood preservatives ● Roof coatings, driveway sealers ● Pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, poisons ● Automobile transmission & brake fluids,  antifreeze, degreasers ●  Household cleaners, acids, corrosives, pool chemicals (chlorine) ● Aerosols ●  Solvents, thinners, turpentine, adhesives, kerosene, lighter fluid, gasoline ● Rechargeable batteries (must not be leaking): Ni-Cad, Ni-MH, or laptop ● Metal halide & button batteries ● Mercury batteries, thermometers, mercury, thermostats ● Lead fishing tackle ● PCB Ballasts.

    Left to Right: Maria Sweetland, Chief Jim Gregoire, and Megan McBride

Step 2: Gather unwanted medications (only collected at the Ashland location):

  • Prescription and over-the-counter medications including pills, capsules, ointments, liquids, sprays, creams, inhalers, vials and drops. Black-out or remove personal information on containers.

Step 3: Farms & businesses must pre-register by calling the Northwest Regional Planning Commission, 715-635-2197. 

  • Agricultural Program covers the first 200 lbs. of chemicals from farms for free.
  • Businesses, governmental units/agencies and schools are charged a small disposal fee.

Step 4: Swing by a Hazardous Waste Collection – Cleansweep location near you and drop off your acceptable items. 

The Ashland County collection is on Wednesday, August 12 at the WITC Ashland Campus, 2100 Beaser Ave, Ashland, WI 54806 south parking lot, from 2-7pm.

Fee Items

  • Fluorescent bulbs 65¢ – $2.25 each depending on size)
  • HID light bulbs ($2.50 each)
  • Oil filters ($1 each)

We can not collect electronics or appliances this year.

Not Accepted:

  • Empty or dried out paint cans
  • Latex paint
  • Motor oil
  • Vehicle batteries
  • Explosives or flares
  • Freon 11 & 12
  • Radioactive materials
  • Ammunition
  • Compressed gas cylinders (larger than gas grill size)

    Technicians from Northwest Regional Planning Commission sort hazardous materials into categories for safe disposal.

  • Recyclables
  • Alkaline batteries
  • Appliances
  • Asbestos
  • Sharps / needles
  • Medical or infectious wastes
  • Electronics
  • Spray Foam Cylinders

For options for disposing of these items see the Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Guide 2020 (8 page, PDF)

Questions? Contact Extension Ashland County, 715-682-7017, or the Northwest Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission.