New! We are beginning the process of revising ATCP 34, the administrative rule for the Clean Sweep Program. We need input from those who apply for grants and hold collection events under the program, so we invite you to participate in upcoming listening sessions to give us your ideas. Read more.
The mission of Wisconsin Clean Sweep is to assist communities in improving & sustaining public health, environmental & animal safety by reducing risk of exposure to hazardous chemicals, pesticides, & unwanted prescription drugs around Wisconsin residences, farms & businesses. Wisconsin Clean Sweep was established in 1990 to provide financial assistance to Wisconsin counties, regional planning commissions, cities, villages, and other municipalities to collect unwanted pesticides. In 2004, the program expanded to include household wastes such as acids, flammable chemicals, mercury, lead paint, and solvents. In 2007, the Legislature authorized the Department to increase grant eligibility to include unwanted prescription drugs such as controlled substances, analgesics, anti-inflammatory drugs, antibiotics, gastrointestinal drugs, and antihistamines.
Most local governments offer free or very low cost collection services to homeowners in rural and urban areas along with active and abandoned farms. Certain businesses are regulated by the Wisconsin DNR as “Very Small Quantity Generators” (VSQGs). Wisconsin Clean Sweep can offer municipalities a 50 percent subsidy for disposal of pesticide wastes from VSQGs.
It is best to contact your municipality if you have any questions about what they will be collecting at any given time: not all municipalities collect household, farm and pharmaceutical wastes at the same time. Likewise, municipalities offer a host of solid waste and recycling services in their communities and may be running a clean sweep without use of Wisconsin Clean Sweep funds.
Other Clean Sweep Program Support Materials
Information for clean sweep users, paint disposal, and a clean sweep video segment.Hazardous Waste Collection and Disposal for Farmers
Includes rural landowners, active and abandoned farms.Hazardous Waste Collection for Business
Includes pesticide dealers and commercial applicators, golf courses, marinas, hardware stores and other businesses.Hazardous Waste Collection for HouseholdsAgchem Management Pesticide Applicator Informational Video
- You can select short, individual video segments (1-2 minutes) on topics ranging from worker protection, pesticide handling & mixing, spill response, commercial lawncare, pesticide drift, water quality, endangered species, and integrated pest management to clean sweep.Pesticide Container Management
See how empty plastic pesticide containers may be handled. Latex Paint Disposal - 2 page PDF
Recommendations for safe and easy disposal of unwanted latex paint.Other Hazardous Waste Management Resources
Links to other state programs and hazardous waste information.
For more information on Wisconsin Clean Sweep, call 608-224-4545 or send an email
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