Cleansweeps Hazardous Waste Management

With the support of 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.’

Ashland County residents have been participating in annual Cleansweeps events since the regional program started in 1995—that’s 27 years’ worth of hazardous materials kept out of landfills, soil, and water ways!
Controlled medications, prescriptions, and over the counter medicines can be disposed of at no cost.

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.

2023 Cleansweeps Hazardous Waste Collection

Save the Date!

Tuesday June 20, from 2:00-6:00 PM at Northwood Technical College south parking lot. 2100 Beaser Ave. Lissa Radke
Ashland County UW Extension
(715) 682-7017

View all the Cleansweep Household hazardous Waste Collection dates & sites here

Green Your Life: Reduce Your Use of Hazardous Materials!

You can view a recording of this webinar on YouTube by following this link

The program is co-hosted by UW Madison Division of Extension-Ashland County, the Environmental Assistance Program at Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and Veolia Environmental Services-North America.

All of us have it stored on shelves in our basements, garages, barns, out buildings, and other places–hazardous materials. Unused oil paint, old farm chemicals, toxic cleaners, burned out batteries and light bulbs. In this one-hour webinar, we’ll learn what happens to those products after you take them to a local Cleansweeps collection. And, we’ll learn how to avoid even using hazardous materials by purchasing safe products instead. The webinar is free and open to the public including members of households, farms, businesses, schools, and municipalities but pre-registration is required.

  • Renee Bashel is the Small Business Environmental Assistance Program Manager at the WI DNR’s Environmental Assistance Program in Madison. She will talk about how to read labels to see if something it harmful before it’s purchased. She specializes in helping businesses and farms reduce their wastes, but will also talk about choosing safer household products. Renee shared her PowerPoint presentation so you can learn how to read a product label and access the resource links she recommended to find safe products and items.

  • Two employees with Veolia Environmental Services-North America will describe how the hazardous products brought to Cleansweeps sites are disposed of, whether through reuse, recycling, industrial incineration, or controlled landfilling. Josh Harmelink and Pat Baskfield establish and operate Cleansweeps collection events all over Wisconsin—about 150 events a year!  Veolia is a private company that has been working with municipalities, states, and large corporations to operate Cleansweeps and other events for 40 years. They’ve been contracted by the Northwest Regional Planning Commission to process all 9 participating counties’ Cleansweeps materials since 2020.

Click here for the 2023 list of acceptable/not acceptable items at a Cleansweeps. From Northwest Regional Planning Commission.

Additionally you can refer to the most up to date Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Guide here.

In 2022, the following materials were brought to the Ashland County Cleansweep collection date:

  • 6,986 lbs. of chemicals including…
    • 1584 lbs. of Pesticides/poisions
    • 1171 lbs. of Lead/Oil Paint
    • 3000 lbs. of Solvents/Thinners
    • 589 lbs. of Aerosol Cans
  • 4’ and under bulbs: 1,089

  • 5’ and over bulbs: 24

  • NiCad batteries: 70 lbs.

  • Fl. Compacts: 133