Hazardous Waste Disposal Coming Up For Washburn, Burnett Counties

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 at 6:00 am

Burnett and Washburn Counties will be hosting their first set of hazardous waste collections on Tuesday, June 12th.

This is a free collection for residents. Washburn County collections will be held in Minong (at the transfer station) from 10 am-12 pm, and Shell Lake (Shell Lake School Parking Lot) from 2:30 pm-4:30 pm. Collections will also in be held in Burnett County, in Webster (fairgrounds) from 10 am – 12 pm, and Grantsburg (fairgrounds) from 3 pm – 4:30 pm.

This collection reflects Northwest Regional Planning Commission and Recycling Control Commission’s continued effort to deflect as much waste as possible away from the landfill, while protecting this wonderful place we all call home. This program is extremely valuable and all residents are encouraged to take advantage, clean out your garage, basement and attic, and ask elderly or homebound neighbors if you can take something to the collection for them.

Some examples of items considered hazardous are: oil based paints and stains, old gas and antifreeze, corrosive cleaners, acids, pesticides, fluorescent light bulbs and many other items. Items such as fluorescent and CFL light bulbs and oil filters require a minimal fee for disposal. Chemicals are free of charge to dispose of for residents however businesses will be charged a fee and must register by contacting Jen at 715-635-2197, or jbarton@nwrpc.com. Area farmers wishing to dispose of hazardous agricultural chemicals are invited to attend these events as well. The services is free to farmers (up to 200 lbs.), but they are also asked to register.

Also, as a reminder, no waste oil, electronics, appliances, latex paint, Freon, recyclables, asbestos, alkaline or vehicle batteries, explosives, and medical (including medications) or radioactive waste will be accepted at the above events. Latex will be accepted by your waste hauler if properly dried out and placed with regular trash.

Please note that later this summer there will be collection events in Siren (County Highway Shop, August 4th 9am-1pm) and Spooner (Hazardous Waste Facility, September 8th 9am-1pm). At the Saturday collection events only, residential pharmaceuticals, appliances, and electronics will be accepted free of charge.

Visit the new and improved website at www.nwrpc.com for more information.

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