Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal and Recycling

The Tri-County Recycling Facility
84% of a typical household’s waste, including food scraps, yard waste, paper, cardboard, cans and bottles, can be recycled.  Currently, Brown County participates in a recycling program with Outagamie and Winnebago Counties.  This collaborative effort resulted in the completion of the Tri-County Recycling Facility that serves over 200,000 households, and 10% of the population of Wisconsin.

These recycling efforts are not capable of handling household hazardous waste.  These products cannot be recycled at the Tri-County Recycling Facility or disposed of in public landfills, and have their own special disposal practices. Brown County has its own Household Hazardous Waste Facility that serves as the primary drop off location for materials that include electronics, household cleaners, lawn and garden products, automotive fluids, and paints. 
Click here to view a full list of hazardous household waste products and their appropriate disposal practices.

The Brown County Household Hazardous Waste Facility also has a special Product Exchange Room that serves as a depot where residents can pick up items for home repairs and other projects.  This is possible because many of the materials and products received by the facility are still reusable.

Lastly, inside the Tri-County Recycling Guide, readers can find a list of recycling do’s and don’ts on page 4.