Hazardous Waste Collection

2017 Ashland County Clean Sweep ● Saturday, August 12

Ashland WITC Campus, south parking lot, 9 am – 12 pm

Mellen City Garage parking lot, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

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Household Hazardous Waste

Northwest Wisconsin residents and farmers can properly dispose of their hazardous chemicals. There is no charge for most materials for households & farms (see list below).  Residents can dispose of unwanted medications for free only at the Ashland collection site.

Step 1: Gather your hazardous waste, including:

  • Oil & solvent-based paint, lead paint ● Stains, shellac, varnish, wood preservatives ● Roof coatings, driveway sealers ● Pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, poisons ● Automobile transmission & brake fluids,  antifreeze, degreasers ●  Household cleaners, acids, corrosives, pool chemicals (chlorine) ● Aerosols ●  Solvents, thinners, turpentine, adhesives, kerosene, lighter fluid, gasoline ● Rechargeable batteries (must not be leaking): Ni-Cad, Ni-MH, or laptop ● Metal halide & button batteries ● Mercury batteries, thermometers, mercury, thermostats ● Lead fishing tackle ● PCB Ballasts.CleanSweep2014

Step 2: Gather unwanted medications (only collected at the Ashland location):

  • Prescription and over-the-counter medications including pills, capsules, ointments, liquids, sprays, creams, inhalers, vials and drops. Black-out or remove personal information on containers.

Step 3: Farms & businesses must pre-register by calling the Northwest Regional Planning Commission, 715-635-2197. 

  • Agricultural Program covers the first 200 lbs. of chemicals from farms for free.
  • Businesses, governmental units/agencies and schools are charged a small disposal fee.

Step 4: Swing by a Hazardous Waste Collection – Clean Sweep location near you and drop off your acceptable items. 

The Ashland County collections are on Saturday, August 12 at the WITC Ashland Campus, 2100 Beaser Ave, Ashland, WI 54806 south parking lot, from 9am-12noon and in Mellen, in the City Garage Parking Lot, 717 Fayette Ave, from 1:30pm-3:30pm.

Fee Items

  • Fluorescent bulbs (50¢ – $2.25 each depending on size)
  • HID light bulbs ($2.50 each)
  • Oil filters ($1 each)

We can not collect electronics or appliances this year.

Not Accepted:

  • Empty or dried out paint cans
  • Latex paint
  • Motor oil
  • Vehicle batteries
  • Explosives or flares
  • Freon 11 & 12
  • Radioactive materials
  • Ammunition
  • Compressed gas cylinders (larger than gas grill size)2014CleanSweep LightBulb
  • Recyclables
  • Alkaline batteries
  • Appliances
  • Asbestos
  • Sharps / needles
  • Medical or infectious wastes
  • Electronics


For options for disposing of these items see the 2017 Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Guide (8 page, PDF)

2018 Draft 10 County Household Hazardous Waste Poster

Questions? Contact UW-Extension Ashland County, 715-682-7017, or the Northwest Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission.