Clean Sweep nets tons of waste, electronics

County commits to continuing annual program
By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press staff

Ozaukee County’s annual Clean Sweep recycling and disposal effort was again a success, officials say, collecting more than 21,000 pounds of electronics and hazardous materials, 4,300 pounds of agricultural waste and more than 400 tires.

“It was a good event,” county Land and Water Management Director Andy Holschbach told members of the county’s Natural Resources Committee last week.

Officials indicated the program should continue and will support including funding for the program in next year’s county budget.

“It’s a very successful program,” county Administrator Jason Dzwinel said.

The committee approved applying for another grant to keep the program going. The grant could be for as much as $24,000 but likely will be less, Holschbach said.

This year, the county received a $12,000 grant from the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. The county also allocates $35,000 for the program and collects about $4,000 in disposal fees.

The Clean Sweep event on May 11 collected 21,239 pounds of household hazardous waste, 243 pounds of agricultural hazardous waste and 146 pounds from very small quantity generators, totaling 21,628 pounds of hazardous waste.  

In addition, 313 tires, four semi-trailers filled with electronics, 129 dehumidifiers, 70 microwaves, 35 refrigerators, 29 lawn mowers, 25 air conditioners and other items.

“This was our first year partnering with Goodwill Industries, which collected the electronics, and Refrigerant Depot,” Holschbach said. “It was amazing to have so many participants.” 

This was the third year since the program was brought back under the umbrella of the Land and Water Management Department, joined by the county Highway Department, Veolia Environmental Services, Goodwill Industries and Refrigerant Depot.

The program was formerly sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Extenson Office but was discontinued for several years until being resurrected in 2017.

The collection is open to all county residents except those from the City of Port Washington, who are able to dispose of household hazardous waste throughout the year at the Veolia facility in Port Washington. Port residents can, however, drop off tires at the county collection.

For more information on the program, call the county Land and Water Management Office at 284-8313 or go to cleansweep.co.ozaukee.wi.us/.

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