July 26-27 Clean Sweep details announced

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As people do spring cleaning of their garages, barns and shops, don’t be too hasty to dispose of hazardous chemicals on your own. The county may be able to accept them for free or a reduced disposal fee.

Oconto County Land and Water Resource Department and the Oconto County Extension office have teamed up with Marinette County Land Information Department and Extension office to offer a grant-funded Household and Hazardous Waste Clean Sweep Program on July 26-27.

Households free of charge, and businesses, schools, churches, emergency services, and municipalities can save on contracted fees of the waste hauler and will just need to register as a VSQG (Very Small Quantity Generator) and a determination will be made on the final disposal costs, but they may be eligible for up to a 50% cost reduction on hazardous agricultural chemicals.

This program is for the collection of waste generated within Oconto and Marinette counties. A grant was awarded to help fund this program from the Department of Agriculture.

Six locations will be staffed by volunteers to accept the waste, including three in Oconto County: the north County Highway Shop, 8890 State Highway 32, Suring, 8-11 a.m. July 26; Little Suamico Fire Station, 5974 County Road S, Sobieski, 2-5 p.m. July 26; and the county Recycling Center, 153 Evergreen Road, Oconto.

The Marinette County locations and times are the Highway Shop in Crivitz, 8-11 a.m. July 26; The city of Niagara Fire Department, 8-11 a.m. July 26; and the Marinette City Garage, 8 a.m. to noon July 27.

“Hazardous wastes are products whose labels include the words caution, poison, combustible, danger, warning, flammable, or corrosive,” said Dale Mohr, Oconto County community development educator.

Household hazardous wastes that can be brought to the Clean Sweep include, but are not limited to, automotive cleaning solvents, anti-freeze, lawn and garden chemicals, wood preservatives, varnish and such commonly-used household cleaners as spot removers, oven cleaners, furniture polish, metal cleaners and drain cleaners.

Mohr asked that no latex paint be included. Latex paint can be simply spread on used cardboard and left to dry, then thrown away in the garbage, or it can be mixed with other latex paint colors and used as a primer for your next painting project.

Agricultural chemicals can be accepted include damaged or unwanted pesticides, including herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, rodenticides and wood preservatives. Some common pesticides that have been collected in past programs included atrazine, 2,4-D, captan, malathion, 2,4,5-T and penta. People will these materials will need to pre-register so we know what and how much you will be disposing of.

Contact the county for a complete list of accepted chemicals.

For information, contact the Oconto County Land and Water Resource Department at 920-834-6827 or the Oconto County UW-Extension Office at 920-834-6845 (www.co.oconto.wi.us). In Marinette County, call the Marinette County Land Information Office at 715-732-7780 or the Marinette County UW-Extension Office at 715-732-7514 (www.marinettecounty.com).