Spring Cleaning? Use Clean Sweep!

May 27, 2011 at 1:09 pm Leave a comment

It’s easy to throw garbage in the trash bin and forget all about it, but that doesn’t mean our waste disappears into thin air. Many of us have become more aware of how important it is to recycle all sorts of items whether it is plastic bottles or old mattresses. But there are some materials that we still toss without thinking about the implications. When disposed of improperly hazardous wastes, such as used aerosol cans or ink cartridges, can pose a serious threat to environmental and public health. That’s where places like the Madison/Dane County Clean Sweep facility come in.

Clean Sweep

Clean Sweep is a place for the public to bring household hazardous wastes free of charge. By bringing your hazardous materials here they will be able to keep those products out of landfills and that will keep our environment healthier. Clean Sweep also provides a product exchange, which takes materials that are still usable and makes the products free to the public. This means you don’t necessarily have to buy a full gallon of weed killer for one plant if you are able to find a similar, partially used, FREE product on the Clean Sweep shelves. In addition to household products Clean Sweep also provides safe disposal for business and agricultural wastes by appointment.

from UMCES

For more information, including their hours and location, check out their website or call their recorded information line at 608-243-0368. If you aren’t sure about whether or not an item is considered hazardous, look it up on their 2011 Fact Sheet, which addresses cooking oil to explosives and everything in between. I had no idea that Drain Clog Remover shouldn’t be thrown away, mostly because, well, it gets dumped down the drain, but now I know. If anyone needs some Drano for their spring cleaning, you can find mine at Clean Sweep!

-Dorothy, EnAct Intern

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