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Clean Sweep


Not sure what to do with your old electronics and batteries? Are you uncertain of where to dispose of unused pesticides and poisons? Well, look no further! Dane County Clean Sweep is here to help. For a nominal fee, residents of Dane County have the opportunity to safely dispose of unwanted chemicals, paint, and other hazardous materials and eliminate the environmental risks that are associated with their improper disposal.

Located at 7102 US Hwy 12/18 across from the Yahara Hills Golf Course, residents and businesses alike can bring a wide range of materials to the facility to be properly disposed of. For a full list of accepted items, visit

To prepare for your visit, waste materials should be packaged in boxes or rigid totes to keep products upright and prevent spillage during transportation to the facility. Make sure to keep all materials in their original packaging and do not co-mingle products together in plastic bags.

While the program does accept items from both residents and businesses, the associated fees vary. Dane County households and farms will be charged $10.00 per trip for hazardous wastes and electronics (The first CRT TV or CRT computer monitor is free with paid trip fee!) For businesses, fees are based on weight and the type of waste being disposed of. Electronics are not accepted from businesses. Businesses must also qualify as Very Small Quantity Generators (VSQG’s) as well as schedule an appointment prior to bringing wastes to the collection facility. Out-of-county businesses are welcome. Out-of-county households and farms will be charged $75.00 per trip and are unable to bring latex paints and electronics.

The facility also offers a product exchange program which features a large area devoted to product reuse. If items are received in good condition, they are stocked on the shelves of the product exchange room for redistribution to the public. The program is free and Dane County residents are allowed a single entry to the room per week. For more details on the product exchange program, visit

Once you arrive at the Clean Sweep facility, you will have to provide proof of residency and pay accordingly in the form of cash or credit card (MasterCard or Visa only).

If you didn’t have a chance to finish up your spring cleaning, now is the time to round up all of those last lingering items and dispose of them in an environmentally friendly way!



May 28, 2014 at 4:17 pm Leave a comment

Spring Cleaning? Use Clean Sweep!

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

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

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