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Posted on: May 15, 2019

Northwest Cleansweep Hazardous Waste Collection

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Douglas County will hold a hazardous waste and med collection on Wednesday, July 10th, from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Solon Springs Transfer Station, 11903 S. Holly Lucius Rd.    

hhwThis event (the NW Cleansweep Program) collects household hazardous waste (HHW) chemicals from residents FREE of charge.  It is a valuable program to our region because it provides an outlet for residents to safely dispose of potentially harmful substances- both for humans, and for animals and the environment.  Examples of items collected are: old gas and antifreeze, oil-based paints and stains, strippers, batteries (all types but alkaline which go into your regular trash), battery acid, herbicides, pesticides and insecticides, mercury-containing items such as old thermometers and thermostats, pool chemicals, photo chemicals, caustic cleaners, fertilizers, solvents, meds., and many, many other items. 

Accepted again in 2019 are lead tackle/shot. Lead can be ingested by animals causing lead poisoning. Lead is a toxic metal, yet tons, yes TONS of lead is deposited in Wisconsin’s environment annually through hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting, according to the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative (WBCI). Lead deposited in the environment will persist indefinitely and will not break down over time into less-toxic compounds. WBCI goes on to state that, mortality due to lead poisoning has been documented in a wide variety of birds. Lead toxicity can have sub-lethal consequences that can compromise avian survival and reproductive success.

Also accepted at the Solon Springs Transfer Station for a FEE are oil filters, fluorescent light bulbs, and appliances, the Transfer Station phone is 715-816-4223 for specifics.

Examples of items NOT accepted at this special collection event include: latex paint (is non-hazardous and should be dried out and disposed of in your regular garbage), dried out latex paint cans (these are also garbage), alkaline batteries (currently are not accepted in our region for recycling, dispose ofmeds in regular garbage), ammunition, explosives, asbestos, any light bulbs other than fluorescent.

Farmers and businesses are also welcome to utilize this event but must pre-register.  The service is free for farmers first 200 lbs of chemicals, and a reasonable fee imposed to businesses. Please register (businesses) or contact Jen with questions at jbarton@nwrpc.com, or 715-635-2197.

Residents, farmers, and businesses are welcome to attend ANY of the collections in our service area, not just the one offered in your particular county. As long as you reside in one of the counties in the NWRPC service region you are eligible to use any of them; so if you miss this one you can always use a different counties collection. (with the exception of Iron County in 2019)

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