For information about Dane County's household hazardous waste program click on the link below:
Thermostats: Due to health problems associated with mercury, old thermostats and thermometers should be recycled through Dane County Clean Sweep, Madison Gas and Electric, First Supply Madison, Gustave A. Larson Co. or Warren Heating and Air Conditioning. For more information call John Welch, Dane County Recycling Manager at 267-8815.
Sharps: Sharps, such as medical needles, syringes, and lancets pose a problem for collection crews when they are improperly mixed with trash or recyclables. Sharps are a significant health concern for all workers who handle solid waste whether at the curb, the landfill, or the recycling facility. All needle stick injuries require workers to undergo extensive testing, pose serious disease risks and can cause long-term emotional stress. State regulations require households to safely package sharps for proper disposal and prohibit putting sharps in the landfill. Place your used sharps in a red plastic sharps disposal container or a used plastic laundry bottle labeled with a “Biohazard” or “Sharps” sticker. Stickers are available at participating pharmacies or by calling 267-2626. When your container is full bring it to a participating pharmacy or sharps disposal location. For a complete list of sharps disposal locations, please visit the following website: http://www.safercommunity.net/images/PDFs/Where%20to%20take%20Sharps.pdf.
Medication & Prescription Drugs: Medication should not be flushed down the sewer or placed in the refuse. In Dane County, there are ten MedDrop box locations that are open year-round for disposal of your unwanted medicines. To dispose of medications in the MedDrop drop boxes, please bring your unused or expired medication and a Ziploc or other re-sealable bag to any MedDrop location. Empty contents of pill bottles into a zip lock bag and recycle your pill bottles. Leave liquids, gels or creams in their original containers and place them in a Ziploc bag as well. Put sealed Ziploc bags into the MedDrop box. For a listing of items you can dispose of at MedDrop and MedDrop box locations, please visit the following website: http://www.safercommunity.net/meddrop.php
Hazardous Materials: Paint, pesticides, poisons, solvents, ignitables, aerosols, sealants, fuel, oil and other hazardous materials must not end up in our landfill. Dispose of these items at Dane County's Clean Sweep
Hours: Tuesday - Friday: 7 AM to 2:45 PM, Saturday: 8 AM - 10:45 AM May 1 through October 30.
For more information on Clean Sweep please visit http://www.danecountycleansweep.com/. For other possible drop off sites call the Wisconsin DNR at 275-3208.
Computers: Computers contain hazardous materials and should be recycled. Janssen Computers, 6350 Copps Avenue, Monona WI, 222-9100 will take equipment for reuse or recycle. Cascade Asset Management also provides some recycling. Call 222-4800 for more information. Dane County's website lists many other options for computer disposal. Visit the Dane County Computer Recycling website at http://www.countyofdane.com/pwht/recycle/computers.aspx.
Take to Clean Sweep
Products & Materials to Flush or Throw Out
Recycling Hazardous Products
Many products in this category will need to be disposed through other municipal services or handled through private businesses in Dane County. Information about the disposal of flourescent tubes, waste oil, batteries, fire extinguishers, medical waste, and explosives is available through the information line at 294-5366 or on the Dane County Clean Sweep web page.
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