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Dane County Department of Waste & Renewables

Household Disposal

Aerosol Cans

Empty aerosol cans go in your recycling bin, caps off. Full or partially-full cans go to Clean Sweep.

Acids and Bases

Flush down your sanitary sewer or bring to Clean Sweep if it is a strong acid or strong base.

Asbestos

Asbestos is accepted only on the first Wednesday of the month from 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Dane County Landfill. Call (608) 267-0120 for information and a permit form. 

Ammunition

Contact your local law enforcement office.

Antifreeze, Oil Filters and Used Motor Oil

To recycle these items, please visit one of the locations listed on the Dane County Recycling page.

Batteries

Lead or Acid Automotive Type Batteries: Clean Sweep, All Metals Recycling, Batteries Plus, any place that sells them

Other Rechargeable Batteries: Clean Sweep, Batteries Plus, Radio Shack

Alkaline & Other Disposables: Throw them in your trash

Ballasts

If they are electronic or say, "No PCBs": Throw them in your trash

If they contain oil and DO NOT say, “No PCBs”: Take them to Clean Sweep

Brake, Transmission, or Power Steering Fluid

Take to any Dane County municipal waste oil drop-off center or bring to Clean Sweep.

Computers

Take to Clean Sweep or visit one of the locations listed on the Dane County Recycling page.

Cooking Oil

Cooking oils and fats are foods and are not hazardous wastes.

Liquid vegetable oil, animal fat, solid vegetable-based oils, greases and lard can be solidified by freezing (if possible) and the labelled containers placed in a plastic bag for disposal in your trash. Please label the containers as "Cooking Oil".

City of Madison residents may drop liquid cooking oil at the City of Madison Streets East, 4602 Sycamore Ave. or West, 1501 W. Badger Rd.

Driveway Sealer: Solvent-Based (tar, asphalt)

Take to Clean Sweep.

Water-based driveway sealers are not hazardous. Dry them thoroughly with latex paint dryer, kitty litter, oil dry or newspapers and trash them. However, make sure the lids are off when you set them at your curb, or place them in your trash cart if you have automated trash pick-up. If you live in the City of Madison, then dried latex materials can be brought to the east or west brush drop-off sites for disposal.

If the material is hard on the bottom with some liquid on top, pour the liquid down an indoor drain and place the dried can at your curb without the lid or place the dried can in your trash cart.

Electronics

Take to Clean Sweep

Explosives and Fireworks

Call the Dane County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad Technician at (608) 255-2345.

Fertilizer

Fertilizer that does not contain pesticides or herbicides: Throw in your trash.

Fertilizer that contains pesticides or herbicides (weed-n-feed, insect control): Take to Clean Sweep.

Fire Extinguishers

Jefferson Fire & Safety (West)
7617 Donna Dr.
Middleton, WI 53562
(608) 836-0068 

Cintas Fire Protection (East) 
804 Walsh Rd.
Madison, WI 53714
(608) 467-4212

Flammable Solvents, Fuels and Aerosols

Full or partially full aerosol cans, 1-pound propane cylinders, gasoline, kerosene, fuel oil, solvent-based driveway sealant: Take to Clean Sweep. Clean Sweep does not accept 20-pound propane cylinders

Butane lighters: Bring to Clean Sweep if they are not empty. If they are empty, throw in trash.

Empty 20-pound tanks with open valves from City of Madison Residents: Madison Streets Division East or West

20-pound Tanks: Any place that refills them but call first to confirm.

1-pound Cylinders: Take to Clean Sweep

Gasoline Additives (not oil) or Engine Degreaser

Take to Clean Sweep

Gasoline and Gasoline/Oil Mixes

Take to Clean Sweep

Helium Tanks

Kruser Recycling
2601 Seiferth Rd
Madison, WI 53716
(608) 223-9220

Household Products Containing Organic Solvents

Take to Clean Sweep: photographic fixer, pastes, polishes, caulks that are combustible or flammable. Check the label for: Mineral Spirits, Petroleum Distillates, Phenol, Carbon Tetrachloride, Benzene, Diethyl or Dimethyl Phthalate, Methylene Chloride, Toluene, Xylene, Chlorinated Solvents.

Ink and Toner Cartridges

Office Depot, Staples, Office Max or other cartridge recycling locations

Latex Paint and Latex-Based Driveway Sealer

For instructions, please visit our paint disposal page.

Light Bulbs

Please note that City of Madison and Dane County Ordinances require all stores that sell fluorescent light bulbs to accept used light bulbs for recycling. To recycle Fluorescent light bulbs, please visit one of the locations listed on the Dane County Recycling page

Incandescent and LED light bulbs can be thrown in your trash or brought to a private light bulb recycler. 

Clean Sweep will accept holiday light strings for recycling.

Oil-Based Paint, Finish Remover, Thinner, Stripper

Take to Clean Sweep: oil or solvent-based paints including automotive paints. Solvents such as finish removers, furniture strippers, stain, shellac, varnish, thinner, turpentine, & furniture strippers. 

Pesticides and Poisons

Take to Clean Sweep: mercury, cyanide, stump remover, pool chemicals, herbicides, insecticides, pet pesticides, weed-n-feed or pest control fertilizers, PCB containing ballasts, banned pesticides including: Aldrin, Chlordane, DBCP, DDT, Dieldrin, Endrin, Heptachlor, Kepone, Lindane, Mirex, Silvex, Toxaphene, 2,4,5-T.

Pharmaceuticals and Medicines

Medicines should be kept in their original containers with personal information removed/defaced. Find a MedDrop location here.

Propane Cylinders

Empty 20-pound tanks with open valves from City of Madison Residents: Madison Streets Division East or West

20-pound Tanks: Any place that refills them but call first to confirm.

1-pound Cylinders: Take to Clean Sweep

Salt, Water Softener Salt, Rock Salt

Throw in your normal trash.

Smoke Detectors

Return to manufacturer or place in trash.

Water-Based Household Cleaners and Laundry Additives

Flush liquids down your sanitary sewer one at a time. Throw solids in your trash.