EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)- If you have cleaning supplies, batteries or old paint cans lying around the house, an upcoming event will make sure it ends up in a safe place.
Eau Claire County says it’s expecting a big turn out this Saturday for its clean sweep event at WRR Environmental Services.
About 241 people pulled into drop of waste at a Clean Sweep event in Menomonie Thursday. When all of the events in the area are finished, WRR says they will probably prevent 2-300,000 pounds of hazardous waste from going into landfills.
It might not be time for spring cleaning, but for Barb Nelson now was the perfect time to get rid of some old paint cans she had lying around the house.
“Some of the stuff went back to when we first moved into the place. So that’s probably 20 years of old things and we were cleaning it out and decided we should get rid of it in an environmentally safe way,” Nelson said.
Its safety that an Eau Claire County specialist says you should keep in mind before you think about putting items like old cleaning supplies out on the curb.
“It’s one of the only ways that residents can get rid of some of the items. You can’t get rid of these items in the normal trash; it’s illegal to do so,” Eau Claire recycling specialist Amanda Dent said.
Dent says she hopes the simplicity of the Clean Sweep process will keep cars lined up to drop off unwanted items.
“This is the cheapest easiest safest way to dispose of it and to keep it out of our children’s hands, out of the ground water and out of the environment,” Dent said.
Once items are dropped off they are sorted into 50 gallon barrels, after that they go to WRR where they are disposed of properly .
“It’s very important that this stuff does not get into the landfills just because toxic and corrosive waste can leach into the ground water. It can destroy peoples wells or even the wells in the city,” WRR field services manager B.J Michalek said.
Michalek says taking a few minutes to dispose of things the right way now can pay off in the future.
“We want the future to see our wonderful environment that we have and by doing this program it's a great way to get rid of it properly,” Michalek said.
Dent says they plan to have more staff this Saturday after a record event earlier this summer saw 13 tons of waste come in. Some items are free to recycle, some require a fee. To see a full list of those items, just follow the link below.