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If you are new in the area, or have questions about the garbage and recycling collection services where you live, please contact us.  The Solid Waste Division can help identify your waste hauler or recycler and the items accepted for collection. 

If you are wondering where you can:

  • Recycle products like antifreeze, batteries, computer items & electronics, Latex paint, packing peanuts, plastic bags, a TV or tires

  • Dispose of special waste items like fluorescent bulbs, gasoline, outdated medications, or sharps

  • Donate a vehicle to a charitable organization

Review the Product Disposal Guide, which is arranged alphabetically by product type, or contact us.

Upcoming Local Waste Reduction, Recycling & Special Collection Events
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.  On September 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. participating local law enforcement offices and the National Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to dispose of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  This service is free and anonymous. 

To find the nearest participating law enforcement partner and collection location please visit the DEA website:  Drug Disposal Information - National Take-Back Initiative 

   Wisconsin's Electronic Waste Recycling Law
On October 26, 2009 Wisconsin became the twentieth state to pass electronic waste (e-waste) recycling legislation.  The law, called the E-Cycle Wisconsin Program, took effect January 1, 2010 and established a statewide collection and recycling system for certain consumer electronic devices.  All electronics sold to Wisconsin households, K-12 public schools and Milwaukee Parental Choice Program schools are part of the E-Cycle Wisconsin Program.

The new legislation is based on a "Product Stewardship" approach which requires manufacturers of certain consumer electronics to assume financial responsibility for the collection and recycling of e-waste items.  The law is expected to provide Wisconsinites more local e-waste recycling opportunities, conserve valuable resources, prevent pollution, and encourage expansion of the state's recycling industry.

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Electronics Banned from the Landfill Beginning September 1, 2010.  The electronic items listed below were banned from disposal in Wisconsin landfills or incinerators beginning September 1, 2010.  The bans apply to everyone in Wisconsin - household residents, businesses, institutions, municipal governments, etc.

     - Consumer computers
    - Computer peripherals
    - Televisions and other video display devices
    - Fax machines
    - DVD's, VCR's and other video players
    - Consumer printers
    - Phones with video displays (cell phones)

For additional information about Wisconsin's Electronics Recycling Law, the new infrastructure for handling e-waste, and a list of registered e-waste collectors and recyclers please visit the State of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website at:  http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Ecycle/

County-sponsored collection events Wisconsin's new legislation has shifted the e-waste recycling burden from local units of government to manufacturers.  The only requirement for local units of government is to provide their residents information about e-waste collection events or opportunities, and the reasons this material should be recycled. 

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Why is it Important to Properly Manage Discarded Electronics?
Computers, computer accessories, TVs, cell phones and other electronic devices contain harmful materials like lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium, heavy metals and chemical flame retardants. When electronics are placed in the landfill, incinerated or illegally dumped, harmful materials have the potential to leach into the environment and adversely affect human health and the environment.  Improperly managed electronics also pose health risks to workers at companies that manage the electronics.

Electronics contain valuable materials like plastic, metals and circuit boards, so recycling is the best waste management option for these items.  Recycling or reuse of electronic items reduces environmental impacts and economic costs by decreasing the need for virgin materials to make new consumer products.

E-Waste Recycling Opportunities in Southeastern Wisconsin
For a list of businesses that collect e-waste for recycling in the local area click here

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Paint Disposal Information

Know what kind of paint you have
Household paints generally fall into one of two general categories: 

1.  Latex - in which the major liquid ingredient is water.

2.  Alkyd or oil-based - which contains some sort of solvent. 

If you are unsure what kind of paint you have, check the cleanup instructions on the label.  Latex products can be cleaned up with soap and water.  Alkyd or oil-based products require paint thinner or mineral spirits for clean up. 

Facts about paint.  When stored properly, paint will last for several years.  Just cover the opening with plastic wrap and make sure the lid fits securely so the paint doesn't leak out.  Then, store the paint can upside down.  The paint creates a tight seal around the lid, which will keep it fresh until needed again.  As a general rule, paint that mixes smoothly when stirred can still be used.

What to do with left over Latex paint.
Return it.  If you have a full unopened can of a stock color (factory-mixed, not custom-tinted paint) check with your dealer or retailer to see if you can return it for a refund.

Use it up.  The best thing to do with usable Latex paint is to use it up.  Apply a second coat or touch up areas that need improvement. 

Share it.  If you cannot use up left over Latex paint try to share it with a neighbor, friend, or community group.  Make sure that the paint is in the original container with the label intact and not contaminated with other products.

Evaporate it.  Latex paint products cannot be disposed of in liquid form in most landfills.  Unusable Latex paint can be safely disposed of by allowing the liquid to evaporate.  When the paint has hardened completely, it may be placed in the regular trash.

To evaporate small amounts of Latex paint:
Step 1:  Move paint container to a sheltered, secure outdoor area away from flames, children and pets.  Locked screen porches and balconies work well.  Some old Latex paint contains mercury so it is important to dry out paint in a safe, well-ventilated area.

Step 2:  Remove the lid and let paint dry in the can.  Stirring the paint occasionally will speed up the drying process. 

Step 3:  Discard the can of dried paint in the trash.  Leave lid off can so the trash collector can see that the paint is dry.

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To evaporate larger amounts of Latex paint: 
Step 1:  Line a medium-size cardboard box with a heavy plastic trash bag, and place it in a secure, well-ventilated area away from flames, children and pets.

Step 2:  Pour Latex paint into the lined cardboard box.  

Step 3:  Add an equal amount of kitty litter or oil dry.

Step 4:  Mix the paint and dry material by stirring with a stick.  Stirring the mixture every few days will speed up the drying process.

Step 5:  When the mixture is hard and dry, remove the bag from the box and place it in the trash.

Retail products that quickly dry out Latex paint.
Retail products that dry out Latex paint in a matter of minutes are available locally and are sold at the following nearby locations:

Ace Hardware, Delavan - 262-728-8228
Dunn Lumber, True Value Hardware, Lake Geneva - 262-248-4459
Heyer True Value Hardware, Walworth - 262-275-6133
Home Depot, Lake Geneva - 262-248-6297
Home Lumber, Whitewater - 262-473-3538
Jackson's Do it Best Hardware, Elkhorn, 262-723-3338
Lowes, Delavan - 262-740-2728

Latex Paint Recycling Opportunity:
Reineman's True Value Hardware in Burlington offers consumers the opportunity to deliver unwanted Latex paint to be reformulated or remixed for reuse.  Fees for this service are as follows:  $1.50 for a 1-quart can;  $2.50 for a 1-gallon can; and $8.00 for a 5-gallon bucket.  (Paint from smaller cans may be poured together into a larger container.)  The store is located at 417 Milwaukee Avenue in Burlington.  For more information phone 262-763-3577.

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Oil, Alkyd and Solvent based paint should be brought to "Clean Sweep"
Oil, alkyd and solvent based paints, or paints with additives require special disposal, since they may be flammable or contain substances that present particular hazards.  These paints should never be emptied into storm sewers, household drains, or on the ground.  They should be stored and brought to a household hazardous waste Clean Sweep collection program. 

You can find Clean Sweep program information on the PUBLIC SERVICE PROGRAMS page of this web site.

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