Fond du Lac County Clean Sweep 2017

Many common items such as automotive products, household cleaners, pesticides and home improvement products are hazardous when used, stored or disposed of improperly. We all end up breathing chemicals burned in a barrel and waste in a landfill can seep into our water supply.  The damage can be life-threatening.  The clean sweep event is a great way to dispose of these items in an effort to prevent that from happening.  Look for items that contain the following warnings on their labels:  “Danger, Warning, Caution, Poison, Combustible, Flammable, Corrosive, and Toxic.”  Households and farms may participate in Fond du Lac County Clean Sweep 2017 for a $5 fee.  Businesses receive discounted rates.  Please note:  No electronics will be accepted at this event.

WHEN:  Saturday, May 13, 2017, 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon

WHERE:  Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds, Expo Building (Between Martin Rd & Hwy 45/Fond du Lac Ave.) Please use Martin Avenue entrance.  View map

 Items Accepted at the Clean Sweep Event:

  • Pesticides
  • Herbicides
  • Insecticides
  • Fertilizers
  • Fungicides
  • Rodenticides
  • Other poisonous repellents and banned chemicals (DDT)
  • Coal tar-based asphalt sealcoat
  • Oil-based paints
  • Varnishes
  • Shellacs
  • Turpentine
  • Thinners
  • Lead-based paints
  • Nail polish
  • Aerosol
  • Cleansers, Astringents, Perfumes,   etc.
  • Wood preservatives
  • Oven cleaners
  • Spot removers
  • Polishes
  • Contaminated oil
  • Hydraulic oil
  • Antifreeze
  • Old gasoline
  • Acids/bases
  • Mothballs
  • Pool and spa chemicals
  • Photographic chemicals
  • Chemical strippers
  • Mercury

 

ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED AT THE CLEAN SWEEP EVENT:

  • Latex Paint   Residents are encouraged to dispose of latex paint in their regular trash.  Just take the lid off and let it dry or add paint hardener or cat litter.  Once it is hardened, latex paint can be disposed of in your regular trash. 
  • Explosives such as ammunition
  • Radioactive materials such as smoke detectors
  • Compressed gas tanks and high pressure cylinders such as fire extinguishers and propane tanks
  • Unknown chemicals
  • Tires
  • Infectious and biological waste
  • Sharps and needles
  • Light bulbs

  • TVs and electronic components
  •  (See http://fonddulac.uwex.edu/electronics-recycling/ for locations to recycle electronics
  • Appliances
  • Freon gases
  • Pharmaceuticals/Drugs
  • Yard waste, trees or brush  (Residents of the City of Fond du Lac may drop off yard waste on the north side of the city garage (530 Doty Street, Fond du Lac).  See City of Fond du Lac Public Works  for more information
  • Batteries

 

Other options exist for many unacceptable items.  Contact the University of Wisconsin-Extension website at http://fonddulac.uwex.edu/cleansweep/  for more information

 

GUIDELINES:

HOUSEHOLDS - $5 per vehicle, cash only. 

  • Participants must be residents of Fond du Lac County.
  • Waste must be brought in its original containers. Keep materials separate. Do NOT mix chemicals
  • Unknown substances and commercial waste will not be accepted.
  • To prepare materials for transport, line a cardboard box with a plastic bag.Place them in the box and separate with cardboard.
  • When arriving at the the Clean Sweep disposal site, slow down and follow traffic directions.
  • If unable to attend, ask a neighbor to take your materials for you. The charge is “per car” – there is no quantity limit.
  • Do not bring materials to the event before or after the listed time.

                                                                                                                 

FARM  & AGRICULTURAL – $5 per vehicle, cash only.  MUST preregister

  • Farmers and rural property owners may bring chemicals from active and abandoned farms for disposal. 
  • Farms & agricultural Businesses must preregister with Fond du Lac County Land & Water Conservation office by May 5, 2017 in order to participate in the May 13, 2017 event.
  • Many types of agricultural operations are eligible for disposal service including:  livestock, grain, holiday trees, poultry, fruit, vegetable and aquaculture.
  • Non-agriculture operations that bring in farm chemicals should register as a business and may be eligible for a 50% disposal subsidy.
  • Drums that have contained, or still contain agriculture chemicals will be accepted.

 

BUSINESS

Businesses must qualify as a Very Small Quantity Generator (VSQG) through self-certification to dispose of their waste.  Apartment complexes, non-profits, churches, etc. are all treated as businesses.  They pay the full cost of disposal, but they do not need to pay the mobilization fee, fuel surcharges, or time-on-site fees as they would if they went to a Veolia site.

  • VSQG produce less than 220 pounds of hazardous waste per month and store less than 2,205 pounds.Other limits may apply.
  • Businesses can be retail, wholesale, manufacturing, commercial real estate, non-profit, schools, churches, golf courses and restaurants.
  • Businesses must preregister with Fond du Lac County Land & Water Conservation office by May 5, 2017. Late registrants may not be eligible for the reduced disposal rates.
  • Acceptable items include all of those listed and chemicals associated with:
    • Business site and grounds maintenance such as pesticides, cleaners, disinfectants and vehicle chemicals.
    • Manufacturing and process chemicals such as oxidizers, acids, caustics, technical grade chemicals, laboratory reagents, polymers, reactive metals, mercury-based products, etc.
    • All sludges (weight scale pits, sump pits) are eligible for Clean Sweep disposal.  Agrichemical sludge (pesticide containing sludge from mixing and loading operations) is eligible for a 50% disposal subsidy.

SCHOOLS, LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, AND OTHER PUBLIC ENTITIES

Public entities pay disposal fees based on the state contract.  Local governments and schools are an addendum to the state Clean Sweep contract (meaning they can use the state rate for their disposal costs which is lower than the regular Veolia rate).  Learn more from the 2017 Veolia Introductory letter and talking with Veolia directly. 

REGISTRATION:

Farms and businesses must preregister.  Information on the type and quantity of chemicals you are bringing may be required.  Contact Fond du Lac County Land & Water Conservation Department at  (920) 923-3033, ext. 101.  Households DO NOT need to preregister.