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.
- Ashland 2019 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Poster
- 2019 Multi-County Hazardous Waste Collection Schedule Poster
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.
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.
- Latex paints and water-based stains are not accepted at Cleansweeps since they’re not considered hazardous. Here’s a short video showing how to safely dispose of latex paint and cans.
- A wide variety of statewide recycling and waste management information is available from the UW Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center.
- For medium to large quantities of materials to recycle on your time schedule check Waste Management’s LampTracker which offers environmentally friendly, safe, and simple recycling solutions for fluorescent lamps, dry cell batteries, lighting ballasts, mercury devices, computers, electronics, sharps, bottles, cans, and paper, the cost includes pre-paid mailing.