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PROHIBITED MATERIALS AND HOW TO DISPOSE OF THEM

Specific items are banned from the landfill because of concerns with their toxicity or handling needs.  Recyclable items are prohibited to encourage recycling and to preserve our world's raw materials.  Chemicals, hazardous and toxic waste require special disposal methods to prevent environmental damage.  Whatever the reason, the prohibited items listed below require special handling and alternative disposal methods.  County and State governments may enforce these prohibitions with stiff fines and penalties.  Generally, there are alternative disposal methods for these items and compliance is not difficult.  They do, however, often require special handling or separation upon order to be hauled to the proper locations for disposal.

 

 

This information is for your general use, based on current conditions that may change without advanced notice.  Some municipalities provide some or all disposal alternatives for their residents.  Please check with your local jurisdiction for more information and additional disposal options.

 

30 & 50 Gallon Drums


30 & 50 Gallon Drums Are Banned From the Landfill
30 & 50 Gallon Drums Are Banned From the Landfill

Drums are prohibited from the landfill, cannot be mixed with any trash and must be hauled separately.  All Metal Recycling Inc. (255-0960) will accept drums if at least one end is removed, has been thoroughly washed and rinsed and all labels removed.  Samuels Recycling (241-1571) will accept drums if both ends are removed and you present certification that they have been triple rinsed.



Tires


Tires Are Banned From the Landfill
Tires Are Banned From the Landfill

Tires cannot be put in a dumpster.  Tires must be hauled separately for proper disposal.  The Dane County Landfill (838-9555) will facilitate the disposal of tires, off the rims only and smaller than 20” for a fee.  If larger than 20” they must be cut into 2” sections.  The City of Madison (266-4681 or 246-4532) will accept tires for a fee if you are a resident.  Visit their website at http://www.cityofmadison.com/streets/refuse/tire.cfm for more information.  Most tire dealers will dispose of your old tires for a fee.



Oil, Used Oil Filters & Oil Absorbents


Oil, Used Oil Filters & Oil Absorbents Are Banned From the Landfill
Oil, Used Oil Filters & Oil Absorbents Are Banned From the Landfill

Used motor oil should be taken to an Oil Drop-off site for recycling.  Even small quantities of used oil will not be picked up.  Large quantities (55 gallons or more) should be picked up by an oil service company.  Please call the Dane County Highway Garage (266-4261) or your local municipality for information on the closest location for an Oil Drop-off site, or visit http://www.danecountycleansweep.com/.

Used oil filters and absorbents are also banned from the landfill.  Please refer to the DNR's website for specifics on the ban and how to dispose of these materials:   http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/recycling/oil.html



Batteries


Batteries Are Banned From the Landfill
Batteries Are Banned From the Landfill

Old batteries contain metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium and nickel which can contaminate the environment by leaching into the soil if improperly disposed of.  Any place that sells batteries, must accept used batteries. 

 

Lead/Acid automotive and rechargeable batteries can be taken to Dane County Clean Sweep (243-0368). Auto batteries may be taken to recycling facilities such as All Metal Recycling Inc. (255-0960) or Samuels Recycling Co. (241-1571).  PKK Lighting (836-7821) also accepts batteries; please call them for additional information.  Alkaline batteries (non rechargeable) can be recycled but at this time there are no local businesses accepting them.  Most municipalities recommend throwing alkaline batteries in the trash.

 



Lead-Based Paints & Household Chemicals


Household Chemicals Are Banned From the Landfill
Household Chemicals Are Banned From the Landfill

Liquids are prohibited from the landfill.  Household latex and/or water based paints must be dry and must have the lids removed.  If they are dry and have no lids they can be put into your regular trash.  Liquid paint, lead based paint (liquid or dried), thinners and all other hazardous materials should be taken to the Clean Sweep Facility at 2302 Fish Hatchery Rd.  Call (243-0368) or visit http://www.danecountycleansweep.com/ for days and hours of operation.



Hazardous Materials (Commercial & Industrial)


Hazardous Materials Are Banned From the Landfill
Hazardous Materials Are Banned From the Landfill

There are stiff fines and penalties for non-compliance disposal of hazardous materials.  It is the generator’s responsibility to determine if the waste is hazardous or not.  Never dump even small amounts of these materials into trash containers or on the land as it only takes a very small amount of these chemicals to cause a contamination problem.

 

If you think you have waste that may be hazardous, call the Department of Natural Resources (266-2621) for assistance or visit their website at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Waste/Hazardous.html



Asbestos & Asbestos Containing Materials


Asbestos Is Banned From the Landfill
Asbestos Is Banned From the Landfill

There are strict regulations for disposing of asbestos.  Asbestos is prohibited from the landfill unless handled and disposed of correctly.  Please contact our office (257-4285) for special handling instructions, disposal instructions and current disposal rates for asbestos and materials containing asbestos.  More information regarding asbestos can be found at the Wisconsin DNR website. http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Demo/Asbestos.html or call 266-2621.



Brush


Brush Is Banned From the Landfill
Brush Is Banned From the Landfill
All residents of Dane County may bring homogeneous loads of brush, for a fee, to the Madison brush site (266-4911) at 121 E. Olin Ave, by the Coliseum.  Stumps, grass, dirt or leaves are not considered brush and will contaminate the load.  2nd Season Recycling (848-4400) in Verona also accepts brush, please call for pricing.  More information on additional drop-off sites can be found online on Dane County’s website at http://www.countyofdane.com/pwht/recycle/landfill.aspx

Grass & Leaves


Grass & Leaves Are Banned From the Landfill
Grass & Leaves Are Banned From the Landfill

Please check with your local municipality for grass & leave pickup options.  There are three Dane County Compost sites that may accept your grass and leaves, please visit http://www.co.dane.wi.us/pwht/recycle/compost_sites.aspx.

 

If you would like to use a temporary dumpster for just the disposal of your grass and leaves we will dispose of the load at a site that accepts yard waste.



Appliances


Appliances Are Banned From the Landfill
Appliances Are Banned From the Landfill

All appliances are banned from the landfill.  We offer appliance pick-up using our bulky item truck service.  Please contact our office (257-4285) for pricing information.  In the City of Madison, appliances can be placed at the curb with a purchased sticker.  The city charges a fee for each appliance, call 246-4532 or 266-4681 for more information.  Some retail outlets will dispose of your old appliance when you purchase a new one.  Ask your dealer at the time of purchase if they offer this option.  Moor’s Salvage & CFC Recovery (223-9220) will accept appliances for a fee ranging from $10 to $20 per appliance.  All Metal Recycling (255-0960) will accept most appliances at no charge (not including refrigerators or microwaves).  Gary’s Appliance Repair (221-1150) also accepts most appliances for a fee.



Oil & Lead-based Paint, Paint Thinners Small Quantities of Hazardous Wastes


Paint Is Banned From the Landfill
Paint Is Banned From the Landfill

Liquids of any kind are prohibited in landfills. Empty paint cans or cans with dried paint can go to the landfill. Old paint (liquid) and lead based paint (liquid or dried), thinners, and hazardous materials should be taken to the Clean Sweep Collection Facility located at the Dane County Highway Dept., 2302 Fish Hatchery Road. Call 243-0368 for days and hours of operation. Never dump even small amounts of these paints or solvents into trash containers or on the land as it takes only very small amounts of these chemicals to cause a contamination problem.



Fluorescent, Incandescent Bulbs & Ballasts


Fluorescent Bulbs & Ballasts Are Banned From the Landfill
Fluorescent Bulbs & Ballasts Are Banned From the Landfill

Fluorescent bulbs and ballasts can be taken to Dane County Clean Sweep (243-0368).  PKK Lighting (836-7821) also accepts bulbs and ballasts in addition to offering bulk collection of these items for a fee.  Any place that sells fluorescent lamps must accept used lamps.



Computers


Computers Are Banned From the Landfill
Computers Are Banned From the Landfill
Computers contain a number of toxic and hazardous materials, including lead, cadmium, mercury and flame retardants. Businesses are prohibited from discarding these materials into normal landfills and household computers should also be kept out of disposal sites.  Goodwill accepts any brand of computer equipment in any condition and just about anything that can be attached to a computer. A list of acceptable items and Goodwill locations can be found at http://reconnectpartnership.com/items.php For a list of 19 local organizations that accept computers for reuse or recycling please view http://www.countyofdane.com/pwht/recycle/computers.aspx

Electronics


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On September 1st, 2010 Wisconsin’s new electronic recycling law took effect.  The law establishes a statewide program, now called the E-Cycle Wisconsin program, to collect and recycle certain electronic devices. The law bans certain electronics from Wisconsin landfills. According to the new law, these items are not allowed to be incinerated or dumped in a landfill:

  • Televisions
  • Computers (desktop, laptop, netbook and tablet computers)
  • Desktop printers (including those that scan, fax and/or copy)
  • Computer monitors
  • Computer accessories (including keyboards, mice, speakers, external hard drives and flash drives)
  • DVD players
  • VCRs and other video players (i.e. DVRs)
  • Fax machines
  • Cell phones

If you would like us to pick up your electronics to be brought to a certified E-waste recycler, please call our office with a description of your item(s).  We are happy to provide pricing and pickup options.  Additional options for registered electronic collection sites can be found at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/ecycle/



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