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Clean Sweep - Hazardous Waste Collection Program

Program Purpose
Clean Sweep is dedicated to the proper collection and disposal of "hazardous waste."   

What is "Hazardous Waste?"  "Hazardous waste" is the unwanted or unusable portion of a product that contains volatile chemicals that are ignitable, corrosive, explosive, reactive, toxic or radioactive.  These products can harm the environment and public health if not disposed of properly.  This means they should never be dumped down the drain or thrown in the garbage.  Determining which products are hazardous is quite easy - just read the label!  Products that contain volatile chemicals are generally labeled with words like:  CAUTION, DANGER, WARNING, FLAMMABLE or POISON.    

Next Clean Sweep Program Collection Event
The next Clean Sweep collection is scheduled Friday and Saturday, October 2 and 3, 2015.  This event will serve household residents, businesses and institutions.  

Collection dates, times and locations (by program type) are shown in the table below.

Clean Sweep Program Mailing List
Clean Sweep is advertised in all local newspapers three to four weeks before the program is held.  However, some residents may not see this advertising.  If you would like to receive direct notification of collection dates, times, and locations please contact usWe will be happy to add you to the mailing list.  Everyone on the mailing list will be sent a personal letter and program brochure that includes detailed information four to six weeks before the event is held.

Clean Sweep Program Sponsors, Supporters and Contributors
Clean Sweep is sponsored by the Walworth County Public Works Department and funded in part by the Town of Darien, Mallard Ridge Landfill Fund and a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

The Public Works Department would like to acknowledge local supporters for their donations of funding and personnel for the 2014 Walworth County Clean Sweep event.

Financial Contributions Provided By: Contributions of Personnel Provided By:
Advanced Disposal, Ft Atkinson Aurora Health Care Pharmacy, Elkhorn
City of Delavan City of Delavan Police Department
City of Whitewater City of Delavan Street Department
Delavan Lake Improvement Association City of Whitewater Police Department
Delavan Lake Sanitary District City of Whitewater Public Works Department
Jefferson County Solid Waste Department McCullough's Pharmacy, Whitewater
John's Disposal Service - Brian Jongetjes (Whitewater) Walgreens Pharmacy, Elkhorn
Keizer & Sons, Inc - Jack Keizer, Delavan Walworth County Sheriff's Office
Lake Beulah Management District  
Lake Geneva Jaycees  
Lake Wandawega Improvement Assn
Mercy Health System  
Pat's Services, Inc  
Theodore Peters, Lake Geneva  
Walworth County Metropolitan Sewerage District  
   

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Household Clean Sweep Program Information & Statistics
The Solid Waste Division has sponsored nineteen Household Hazardous Waste Clean Sweep programs since 1992.  These collections have successfully removed over 514,000 pounds of hazardous products from the local waste stream.  Household Clean Sweep has served 11,916 program participants.  Clean Sweep program services are provided free-of-charge to Walworth County households, and pre-registration is not required.

Agricultural Clean Sweep Program Information & Statistics
Agricultural Chemical Clean Sweep collections have been held in Walworth County in 1993, 1997, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2013.  The program has collected nearly 80,000 pounds of agricultural-related hazardous waste from 287 participants.   Agricultural waste materials will not be collected in 2014.  For more information about this opportunity please contact us.

Business Clean Sweep Program Information
The Business Clean Sweep program targets businesses, industries, municipalities, schools, and service providers that generate less than 2,205 pounds of hazardous waste annually.  They are considered Very Small Quantity Generators of hazardous waste (VSQG's).  A Business Clean Sweep has been held in conjunction with the household collection each year since 1997.  Business Clean Sweep program participants pay the disposal cost for their chemicals, but the cost is significantly less than contracting with a vendor for this service on an individual basis.  The program is simple and convenient, but pre-registration is required.  For more information or to pre-register for the 2015 event please contact us.

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Examples of Products and Materials Collected at Clean Sweep Events

Products Collected at the Household Program

Products Collected at the VSQG Business Program

Garage & Workshop Products:
Motor oil, brake and transmission fluid, carb cleaner, antifreeze, vehicle batteries, battery acid, gasoline, kerosene, diesel fuel, car wax with solvent, engine cleaner, parts cleaner.  

Home Care & Improvement Products:
Varnish, stain, paint thinner, paint stripper, adhesives, rust remover, turpentine, mineral spirits, oil and lead based paint and primer, paints with additives (such as a water preservative), solvent-based metal polish, ant and roach killer, rat and mouse poison.

Garden & Landscape Products:
Insecticide and insect repellant, weed killer, pet spray and dip, garden fungicides, slug poison, wood preservative, and banned pesticides.

Other Waste Materials:
Rechargeable batteries, fluorescent bulbs and other bulbs that contain mercury; mercury thermostats, mercury fever thermometers, pool chemicals, lighter fluid and pharmaceutical items.

Common Industrial Chemicals:
Solvents, adhesives, fuels, lubricants, pesticides, cleaning chemicals, degreasers, paint wastes, contaminated absorbents, other contaminated products.

Common Hazardous Materials:
Rechargeable batteries, ballasts, capacitors, fluorescent bulbs, thermostat switches, and other items that contain mercury. 

The VSQG Business program is simple and convenient, but pre-registration by all interested participants is required.  For more information, or to pre-register for this program please contact us.

 

Please Note:  Latex paint is not accepted at any Clean Sweep event because it is a water-based product and is NOT  "hazardous."  Latex paint is a liquid waste that must be disposed of properly.  Latex paint can be evaporated, and once it is hard and dry it may be placed in the regular trash.  Instructions for drying Latex paint can be found on the Public Information Services page.
Pharmaceutical Items:
Outdated and unwanted prescription drugs and over-the-counter items will be accepted for safe disposal from household residents at the 2014 Household Clean Sweep program.  Acceptable items include: pills, capsules, syrups, liquids, salves, creams, inhalers and vet/pet meds.  The program does not accept: radioactive items, oxygen tanks, nebulizers, cosmetics/beauty products, or sharps/needles.  A list of sharps collection locations in Walworth County can be found in a table in the "Sharps Collection Program" section of this page.

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2015 Clean Sweep Collection Dates, Times, and Locations:


Program Type:


Collection Locations:

Collection Date 
& Time:

Household

Site #1
Town of Linn
Municipal Garage
N611 Zenda Rd
Zenda
Friday, October 2

from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Household Site #2
City of Whitewater
Public Works Complex
150 East Starin Rd
Whitewater
Friday, October 2

from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Household Site #3
Walworth County 
Public Works Department
2 miles east of the 
City of Elkhorn at
W4097 County Road NN 
Saturday, October 3

from 8:00 a.m. to Noon

VSQG Business & Institution
Pre-registration is required before waste materials can be accepted from these groups.  Contact the Solid Waste Division for more information, or to pre-register. 

Walworth County 
Public Works Department
2 miles east of the 
City of Elkhorn at
W4097 County Road NN 

Friday, October 2

from 9:00 a.m. to Noon

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Rechargeable Battery and Cell Phone Recycling Program
The Solid Waste Division of the Walworth County Public Works Department partners with the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) to collect old cell phones and spent rechargeable batteries from Walworth County residents on an ongoing basis.  Rechargeable batteries are commonly found in cordless power tools, cellular and cordless phones, laptop computers, camcorders, two-way radios, and remote control toys.

What is the RBRC?  RBRC is a nonprofit public service organization funded by the rechargeable power industry.  The organization's goal is to divert cell phones and small rechargeable batteries from the solid waste stream.

Items Collected:
1.  Cell phones
   
Any kind regardless of condition or age.

2.  Rechargeable Batteries:
   
The following types of rechargeable batteries are collected by this program:
   Nickel Cadmium (NiCad)
   Lithium Ion (Li-ion)
   Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH)
   Small Sealed Lead (Pb) - that weigh 11 pounds or less

  This program does not accept alkaline, non-rechargeable, or rechargeable wet cell batteries.

Drop off Location:  Cell phones and spent rechargeable batteries may be dropped off to Solid Waste Division staff located at the Walworth County Public Works Department, W4097 County Road NN, Elkhorn.   

For further information, about this collection program please  contact us.  For further information about the RBRC please visit their web site at: www.rbrc.org.

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Sharps Collection Program
Wisconsin was among the first states in the nation to actively promote sharps collection.

Why This Program is Needed.  Since 1994, Wisconsin law has required that sharps (syringes, needles, lancets) be separated from general household trash, and rendered noninfectious and unusable before being placed in a landfill.

Who may Participate?  Sharps collection services are available to household residents who administer their own insulin or other injectable medications, schools, group homes, farms, and others in Walworth County who generate a small amount of sharps.

What to Put in Sharps Containers.  Only used hypodermic needles, lancets, and syringes with attached needles.  Gauze, cotton swabs, and other medical wastes should not be placed in the container.

General Notes About Sharps Containers
1)  A sharps container is made of red, rigid plastic and has a locking lid to safely hold used sharps for disposal.
2)  Follow all directions provided with the container, taking care not to overfill it.
3)  When the container is full, close or cap the opening as directed.  The lid is designed to lock when closed tightly.  After the lid is locked, you will not be able to reopen it.
4)  Take full container to one of the sharps collection locations listed below.  It is illegal to put this container in the trash.

Sharps Collection Locations in Walworth County:

Location Name
Address
Phone Number
Program Overview and Charges for Services

Aurora Pharmacy - Elkhorn
W3985 County Road NN
(At Aurora Lakeland Medical Center)
262-741-2311

Aurora Pharmacy Customers (Those who have their prescriptions filled at an Aurora Pharmacy)  Aurora Pharmacy customers purchase the first sharps container to begin the program.  The standard container is 1.5 quarts in size.  (If the customer wants a larger sharps container they need to pay the difference in price.)  When the container is full they may drop it off at the pharmacy free-of-charge.  A new standard sharps container will be provided FREE-OF-CHARGE in exchange for the full container.

Non-Aurora Pharmacy Customers  (Those who do not have their prescriptions filled at an Aurora Pharmacy)  Non-Aurora Pharmacy customers purchase the first sharps container to begin the program.  The standard container is 1.5 quarts in size. (If the participant wants a larger sharps container they need to pay the difference in price.)  When the container is full, the participant may drop it off at the pharmacy.  A $5.00 disposal fee will be charged.  A new standard sharps container will be provided FREE-OF-CHARGE in exchange for the full sharps container. 

Aurora Pharmacy - Lake Geneva
146 E Geneva Square
262-248-4630

Aurora Pharmacy - Walworth
445 S Main St
(Next to the Aurora Clinic)
262-275-0936

East Troy Hometown Pharmacy -
East Troy
3284 Main St
262-642-3510


(You do not have to be a pharmacy customer to participate in this program.)  Participants purchase the first sharps container to begin the program.  When the container is full, the participant may drop it off at the pharmacy, free-of-charge.  A new sharps container will be provided FREE in exchange for the full container.

Mercy Walworth Pharmacy
Located at the intersection of Highways 50 and 67
(One mile north of Williams Bay)
262-245-2319


Information about Mercy Health System's sharps collection program can be found at their web site at:
http://www.mercyhealthsystem.org/documents/Pharmacy/sharps.pdf
The Solid Waste Division does not endorse or otherwise sponsor any of the businesses
mentioned in this list.  Any omissions are unintentional. 

Has Sharps Collection Made a Difference?  In areas where sharps are collected people report that fewer sharps are seen in the environment and waste handlers experience fewer injuries. 

Where to Find out More About Sharps Collection.  You can find more information on the medical waste pages of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources web site at.  Managing household medical sharps - Wisconsin DNR

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Mercury Thermostat Recycling Program
The Solid Waste Division of the Walworth County Public Works Department has partnered with the Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC) to collect out-of-service wall-mounted mercury thermostats from Walworth County residents on an ongoing basis. 

What is the TRC?  The TRC is a not-for-profit corporation established in 1998 by three major mercury switch thermostat manufacturers, Honeywell, White Rodgers and General Electric, to recycle out-of-service wall-mounted mercury switch thermostats.  

Items Collected: 
All brands of wall-mounted thermostats with glass tube mercury switches are collected. 
Homeowners should bring in the entire thermostat since it provides protection for the mercury bulb. 

Drop off Location:  Wall-mounted thermostats may be dropped off to Solid Waste Division staff by appointment at the Walworth County Public Works Department, W4097 County Road NN, Elkhorn.   

For further information about this collection program or to drop off a thermostat please contact us.  For further information about the TRC please visit their web site at: http://www.nema.org/gov/ehs/trc/

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