Hazardous Waste Management

With Ashland County government and in partnership with the Northwest Regional Planning Commission the Extension Ashland County office coordinates an annual hazardous waste collection called ‘Clean Sweep.’  Collections are held in the summer, for more information see the 2019 Hazardous Waste Collection Event post.

The Ashland County Collection is scheduled for Thursday, August 22, 2019 from 3-7pm at WITC – Ashland Campus south parking lot.

We have also compiled and update annually a booklet on where you can properly dispose of various hazardous materials during the year.  Here is the latest edition: Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Guide 2019


Counties in Northern Wisconsin have contracted with the Northwest Regional Planning Commission to offer annual Cleansweep Collections at no or low cost to households, farms, and businesses in a nine-county region since 1995. The program received a Wisconsin Governors Award for Excellence in Solid Waste Reduction by offering almost 400 collection events and keeping 1.6 million pounds of toxic materials from harming our waters, land, and wildlife.

What’s considered hazardous or not hazardous? Check out this poster by NWRPC.


In 2018, about 140 participants brought almost 7,000 pounds of hazardous materials to safe collection events in Ashland County!

Paint Related Material   3,456 lb

Flammable Liquids    614 lb

Corrosives    226 lb

Aerosols    385 lb

1 lb Cylinders    36 lb

Pesticides / Toxics Liquids    495 lb

Ethylene Glycol    424 lb

Non Reg Resins    409 lb

Batteries  124 lbs.

<4’ Fluorescent bulbs   434 bulbs

>4’ fluorescent bulbs    40 bulbs

PCB Ballasts   321 lbs.

Non-PCB Ballasts  54 lbs.

Non-controlled meds  56 lbs.


An annual Cleansweeps hazardous material collection event allows residents, like this Ashland County participant in 2018, to safely dispose of toxic products such as lawn and garden chemicals, household cleaners, and medications. Farmers and small quantity business generators can also participate in the event.

An Ashland Police Sergeant and Pharmacist sort medications and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals at the 2018 Cleansweep event in Ashland.

Participants brought in almost 60 pounds of medications, controlled substances, and pharmaceuticals in Ashland County in 2018.



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