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Marshfield residents can turn in hazardous waste at Clean Sweep event on Saturday


MARSHFIELD, Wis. (WSAU) - Wood and Marathon Counties are teaming up to help clean up hazardous waste in Marshfield.

The program is called Clean Sweep, it will let marshfield residents get rid of hazardous materials that are sitting around the house. Environmental health supervisor Nancy Eggleston says keeping hazardous chemicals in your garage is not a long term solution. "Containers can rust or corrode and spill stuff in your garage, or chemicals can mix and that can be hazardous."

The program will be collecting unwanted, unused, damaged, restricted and banned household, agricultural, chemical and hazardous wastes. That includes pesticides, fertilizers, cleaners and oil-based paints. They'll also be taking medications for disposal as well.

Eggleston says they aren't taking latex paint, because it's non hazardous. "If you look at your paint can and it says 'cleans up with soap and water', it's more than likely a latex. If you have to use a cleaner, those are the kinds of paint we are accepting." They also won't be accepting waste oil or explosives. A small fee will be charged to recycle fluorescent bulbs.

All you have to do is load up the back of your vehicle with the materials you want to get rid of, and head out to the Marshfield Fairgrounds on Saturday. Eggleston says the service is free, but you should call ahead if you're bringing a lot of stuff. "If you're bringing more than 50 pounds or 5 gallons, give us a call in advance."

New this year will be and exchange table where residents can trade materials. "As things come in and we see they're new or in really good shape, we'll put it on the table. So if someone needs something and can use it, we'll be happy to let it move along."

The Clean Sweep is runs on Saturday, rain or shine, inside the fairgrounds from 8am to Noon. Call for more information at 714-446-3101.

ON THE WEB: http://www.co.wood.wi.us/Departments/Health/