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Thursday September 16th, 2010 :: 08:45 a.m. CDT


Sauk EM - Clean Sweep to be held Oct 2, 2010 at Town of Franklin Hall from 8:30 a.m. - Noon. See email for details.

Sauk EM

Clean Sweep Coming in October!

Do you have hazardous wastes lurking in the dusty corners of your garage, shed, or basement? Sauk County residents with unused chemicals, paint, waste motor oil, or medications can dispose of them in a safe and environmentally sound manner at a Hazardous Clean Sweep Program at the Town of Franklin Garage, 550 Main Street, Plain on Saturday, October 2, from 8:30 a.m.-Noon. The program is being offered through Sauk County and a state grant. There will be no charge for disposal at the event. Chemicals from agricultural and Very Small Quantity Generators (VSQGs) operations will be accepted by appointment.

Among the waste being accepted are unused prescription drugs. Studies show that disposal of these drugs by flushing into sewers or septic systems is polluting both ground and surface waters. By taking advantage of this safe and secure disposal at the Clean Sweep, they will not be polluting our water as well as being safe from any potential abuse.

Paints will be accepted for disposal. Latex paint is non-hazardous, and it can be disposed of as a solid with your regular trash. Never dispose of liquid paints in your trash. Several methods to properly solidify latex paint are listed below:
· Remove the lid and let the paint dry out in the can. This only works when an inch or less of paint is left in the can and is most effective in warmer months.
· For larger volumes of latex paint, line a cardboard box with a plastic bag. Add an absorbing agent such as kitty litter, sawdust, or shredded newspaper to the box. Pour the paint into the box so that it forms a thin layer (about 1 inch deep) and allow the paint to harden. Repeat this process until all of the paint has hardened.

Improper storage or disposal of hazardous chemicals can pollute our waters and cause health risks for everyone. Most household products are not a problem, but they can become hazardous if used, stored, or disposed of improperly. One of the best ways to avoid the problem of disposing of hazardous waste is to purchase “eco-friendly” alternatives. Another suggestion is to make your own cleaning supplies using common kitchen products. For example, baking soda can be used for cleaning, deodorizing, etc. Use white vinegar to remove mildew, odors, some stains, and wax buildup. These materials are both cheaper to use and better for the environment.

The 2010 Clean Sweep event will not accept tires, appliances, electronics, automotive batteries, and propane cylinders. There are alternative disposal locations that take these items. If you need suggestions on where to dispose of these items, contact the Land Conservation Department or check out the website at the address below.

For more information regarding the Sauk County Clean Sweep Program, contact the Land Conservation Department at 355-3245 or or check out the Sauk County website at

Sauk County Nixle Information System
510 Broadway St
Baraboo, WI 53913

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Non-emergencies: 608-963-2585

Jeff Jelinek

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