Household Disposal

Aerosol cans

Empty aerosol cans go in with your recycleables, 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

Please contact Abdullah Younes at 267-0120 for directions on how to dispose of asbestos containing materials at the Dane County Landfill.

Ammunition

Contact your local law enforcement office.

Antifreeze and oil filters

To recycle these items, please visit one of the locations listed on the following Public Works web pages:

 

Batteries

Lead/Acid Automotive Type Batteries: Clean Sweep, Any place that sells them, All Metals Recycling, Batteries Plus.

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

Alkaline & Other Disposables: Throw in your trash.

Ballasts

If they are electronic or say 'No PCBs': Throw in your trash. </p><p>If they contain oil and DO NOT say 'No PCBs': Take to Clean Sweep.

Brake, transmission, power steering fluid

Take to any Dane County municipal waste oil dropoff center or bring to Clean Sweep.

Computers

Take to Clean Sweep or visit one of the locations listed on the following Public Works web pages:

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 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.

 

Electronics

Take to Clean Sweep.

Explosives, and fireworks

Call the Dane County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad Technician at 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, 836-0068

Cintas (east)
804 Walsh Rd., 241-1993

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), engine degreaser

Take to Clean Sweep.

Gasoline and gasoline/oil mixes

Take to Clean Sweep.

Helium Tanks

Kruser Recycling
6421 Edna Taylor Parkway
Monona, 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 & Toner Cartridges

Take to: Office Depot, Staples, Office Max or other cartridge recycling location

Latex paint and latex-based driveway sealer

For instructions please visit our

Light Bulbs

Please note that City of Madison and Dane County Ordinances require that all stores that sell fluorescent lamps accept used lamps for recycling. To recycle Fluorescent lamps, please visit one of the locations listed on the following Public Works web pages:

Incandescent and LED lamps can be thrown in your trash or brought to a private lamp 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. For more information on latex paints, see our

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, Helptachlor, 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. Go to meddrop for details

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.

Used motor oil

To recycle these items, please visit one of the locations listed on the following Public Works web pages:

Water-based household cleaners and laundry additives

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