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Green County Clean Sweep starts May 1
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MONROE - Green County will be offering another Clean Sweep Hazardous Materials Collection Program for county farmers and residents starting on May 1 and running through Oct. 31. The Clean Sweep collection site is located at the Green County landfill, W2002 County SS, Brodhead.

The Clean Sweep program offers an opportunity to dispose of banned products or supplies damaged by moisture or contamination. This will be the 11th year that Green County has offered a Clean Sweep program. A total of over 115,000 pounds of hazardous material has been collected through the previous collections in Green County.

All Green County residents will be able to dispose of materials at the landfill during normal business hours from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays and from 8 to 11:30 a.m. on the following designated Saturdays: May 5, June 2, July 7, Aug. 4 and Sept. 8.

Farmers will be able to dispose of up to 200 pounds and homeowners can dispose of up to 50 pounds of hazardous materials free of charge without pre-registering. Farmers and homeowners wishing to dispose of more than these amounts need to pre-register by calling the Green County landfill at 897-8605. All items should be properly identified, and materials will only be accepted by authorized personnel during normal business hours.

Examples of hazardous items that will be accepted include: oven cleaners, spot removers and drain cleaners; herbicides like atrazine, Round-up, Banvel, 2,4-D, Silvex and brush killers; insecticides including diazinon, DDT, chlordane, Thimet, Furadan and Sevin; fungicides including Captan, lead, marine and auto paint, solvents, animal health products, mercury, degreasers, roofing tar, wood finishes, oil-based paint and stains, hydraulic fluid, pool chemicals, old gasoline, paint strippers and cadmium and lithium batteries.

Items that will not be accepted include tires, latex paint, firearms and ammunition, Freon 11 and 12 radioactive material, compressed gas cylinders, yard waste, antifreeze, waste motor oil, fluorescent tubes, recyclable materials or biological wastes.

Latex paint can be safely disposed of in the regular garbage as long as it is hardened. If you have small amounts of leftover latex or oil-based paint, simply open the can and let it dry out in a well-ventilated area. Once it has hardened, it can safely be put into the regular garbage. If you have large amounts of paint left over, you can purchase a hardener at paint stores to put in the paint that will harden the entire amount. Another option is to line a box with a plastic bag, add kitty litter or other absorbent material, pour the paint over the material, let it dry and then place the bag into the regular garbage.

Only Green County residents can participate in this program. For more information on the 2018 collection program, go the University of Wisconsin-Extension website at or call the Green County UW-Extension Office at 608-328-9440.