Clean Sweep drop-offs set

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CSI Media news staff | September 20, 2013

ELKHORN — Walworth County Public Works Department has scheduled a Clean Sweep program for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4 and Oct. 5.

Clean Sweep plays an important role in preserving local natural resources, and benefits everyone by reducing the risk of surface and groundwater pollution, and personal injury from chemical exposure.

The event will help household residents, farmers, businesses and institutions properly dispose of banned, damaged, unusable or unwanted products that contain volatile chemicals. Products with a “WARNING” label on the container generally fit the bill and include items such as: pesticides, herbicides, waste oil, antifreeze, brake fluid, old fuel, oil and lead-based paint, varnish, adhesives, fluorescent bulbs and rechargeable batteries.

Clean Sweep services are provided free-of-charge to household residents. The household portion of the event features a pharmaceutical collection to gather up outdated or unwanted prescription drugs and over-the-counter items for proper disposal. Pills, syrups, creams, inhalers, and vet/pet meds are all acceptable. Sharps, needles, nebulizers, oxygen tanks and radioactive materials will not be collected.

Household residents may drop off items without an appointment at the following times and places:
• 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Lake Geneva Street Department, 1065 Carey St., Lake Geneva
• 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Whitewater Public Works Complex, 150 E. Starin Road
• 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 5 at the Walworth County Public Works Department, W4097 County Road NN, Elkhorn

Clean Sweep program services are also available to farmers, businesses and institutions, but those who are interested must register and provide a list of products of which they want to dispose. Some restrictions and fees apply.

Call public works for details or registration at (262) 741-3367. People may also contact Janet Cline via email for more information.

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