Clean Sweep

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Residents - Click on this item to find out the location, dates, and times that you can dispose of your household hazardous waste (HHW).HHW

Very Small Quantity Generators (VSQGs)

VSQG - Click on this item if you are a business that qualifies as a Very Small Quantity Generator (VSQG) of hazardous waste, find out how you can dispose of the material.


Farms - Click this item if you are an Eau Claire County Farmer needing to dispose of hazardous materials.

Alternatives to Household Hazardous Products   

Alternatives To Using Household Hazardous Waste Products - Click on this item to find out about products you can use that are not hazardous and can be used as substitutes for cleaning, pest management, weed control, and other products that have hazardous materials in them.

What are Household Hazardous Products?

There are four basic categories of Household Hazardous Wastes

  • Toxic: materials that can make you sick or kill you
  • Ignitable or flammable: materials that can burst into flame at temperatures below 140 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Corrosive: strong acids and bases that can eat through steel and other materials
  • Reactive: chemicals that are violently unstable at room temperature, that react violently with water, or when mixed with air at room temperature give off toxic vapors

Reduce household hazardous waste with these suggestions:

  • Where possible, use non-toxic alternative products
  • Don't over purchase, especially paint.  Although the unit cost of paint is less if you buy by the gallon as opposed to a quart can, the savings you enjoy will be offset if you wind up throwing some of it away
  • If you find that you have more product than you need, and if it is in good condition, see if you can find someone else who can use the product.  It is far better for products to be used up as intended then to be disposed of in Clean Sweep programs.  Ask your friends, relatives and neighbors if they can use the material, or consider putting it out at the end of your driveway with a "FREE" sign
  • By far and away, the greatest amount of material that comes into Clean Sweep is paint.  For other suggestions on handling paint to minimize the need for disposing of it through Clean Sweep here.

If you still have questions about the Clean Sweep Program, please contact the Recycling Coordinator at 715-839-2756 or by e-mail.

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