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Hazardous waste clean sweep planned

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If you are looking to rid your home, farm or small business of materials that exhibit hazardous characteristics, such as pesticides, herbicides, solvents, poisons, oil- and lead-based paints, and a host of other common, but potentially dangerous items, bring them to the collection on Saturday, May 16.

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Household hazardous waste will be accepted from residents from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the County Highway Shop at 666 E. Highway 12 in Hudson. Most household hazardous waste will be accepted free of charge.

A special collection for small businesses and farmers is set up for Friday, May 15. Participants are invited to set up an appointment to bring their materials, but must pre-register by May 12.

Farmers can bring up to 500 pounds of waste for free, but businesses will be charged.

To pre-register contact the County Recycling Specialist at 715-386-4675 by May 12 for information and appointment scheduling.

Other acceptable items include corrosive materials, non-empty aerosol cans and button batteries. In addition, fluorescent lamps four feet and under, 40 cents each; five feet and over, 60 cents; HID lamps, $2.20 each; and car and truck oil filters, 50 cents each and tractor oil filters, $1 each.

Unacceptable items include latex paint, waste oil, auto batteries, electronics, explosives, medical or infectious wastes, radioactive materials and pressurized containers.

The county will also be hosting collections for appliances, tires and electronics at separate events in June. Go to www.co.saint-croix.wi.us for additional information on these collections or other recycling and hazardous waste questions.

For more information, contact the recycling specialist at 715-386-4675.

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