Metro Wire Staff
The Portage Co. Solid Waste Department will hold an after-hours hazardous waste collection event on Wednesday, June 29.
It’s the third special event since last June when Solid Waste Director Amanda Haffele said the county took in 1,300 pounds of hazardous chemicals that may otherwise have wound up in the water table.
At a second event last September, staff took in 1,700 pounds, Haffele said in a news release this week. Due to the success of both events, the department staff will keep the collection site open until 6 p.m. on June 29.
Registration is required by calling 715-346-1931.
Items accepted include automotive, pool, garden, workshop, or household products labeled as toxic, caustic, poisonous, flammable, or combustible.
The program is partially subsidized by a grant from the Department of Trade and Consumer Protection and the county. Most participants pay is a small fee of $0.75 per pound for most items to cover the remaining cost of disposal.
The solid waste department oversees and administers programs at the Material Recovery Facility and the Transfer Facility, located at 600 Moore Rd. in Plover.
Normal hours of operation are Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday 7:30-10:30 a.m.