Price County households and small businesses will again be able to safely dispose of their hazardous household waste materials during the annual Cleansweep program. On Thursday, Aug. 15, collection will be open at the Price County Highway Garage from 3-7 p.m. Businesses that plan to bring significant amounts of waste should call ahead to plan for their needs and convenience. Look for more information about the event and acceptable items in the insert from the Aug. 10 Extra Shopper.

This year electronic collections will be available at both collection sites. Alter Metal Recycling will be on site and will accept items such as washers, dryers, and microwaves free of charge. There will be a $25 disposal fee for items that contain Freon, but disposal of most household appliances will be free of charge. No TVs or monitors will be collected.

Each household is allowed to dispose of up to 70 pounds of hazardous materials free of charge. One common misconception is that all paint products are hazardous. Latex paint will not be collected at the cleansweep event. Other common items that are not acceptable at Cleansweep include explosives, empty aerosol cans, alkaline batteries, or other recyclables.

Coordination of the Cleansweep Program is handled by the Price County Land Conservation Department in concert with the Northwest Regional Planning Commission. Cleansweep provides households, agriculture, and small businesses with an economical means to dispose of small quantities of hazardous waste in an environmentally safe manner. For most hazardous waste materials, there is no charge to use the Cleansweep event. There is a small fee for fluorescent bulbs, oil filters and certain electronics.

For more information about the Cleansweep program, contact the Price County Land Conservation Department at 715-339-2550.

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