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 HHM Safety Information

Facility Location and Hours
6500 State Road 16
La Crosse, WI  54601

Residential/Household users drop off hours:

Monday: Noon - 4:00 p.m. Tuesday: 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Thursday: Noon to 4:00 p.m.
Friday: CLOSED
1st and 3rd Saturday of the month: 9:00 a.m. to Noon

All non-household users including small businesses, non-profit organizations, agencies, municipalities, etc. by appointment only. Call 608-785-9999 for information.

NO dropping waste after hours! This facility is monitored by 24 hr security surveillance.





Household Hazardous Materials


1. What is household hazardous waste?
2. Information for household users
3. Information for businesses and organizations
4. Information for farms
5. What types of materials can you bring?
6. Electronic Waste (e-waste)
7. Fluorescent Light Fixtures
8. Medication Disposal
9. Sharps
10. Used oil and gasoline
11. You can reduce your household hazardous materials

WHAT IS HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE?

Household hazardous waste is any substance containing ingredients that could negatively affect your safety, health or the environment.  Signal words found on hazardous products include poison, danger, warning and caution.  Also look for indication of hazardous properties on the label.  Such properties are defined by the Environmental Hazards Management Institute as follows:

·         Toxic:  can cause injury or death if swallowed, absorbed or inhaled

·         Flammable:  easily catches fire and tends to burn rapidly

·         Corrosive:  a chemical or it’s vapors that can cause a materials or living tissue to be destroyed

·         Explosive:  violently bursting when exposed to heat or pressure.

·         Irritant:  causes soreness or swelling of the skin, eyes, mucous membranes or respiratory system





HOUSEHOLD USERS

Household Users with more than 200 lbs of materials or with large containers (more than 10 gal) should schedule an appointment for drop off of materials.  Call 608-785-9999 to schedule an appointment for drop off of a large household hazardous waste load.  Household users with smaller more typical loads do not need to make an appointment but should make sure they come during our listed Household User Drop Off Hours.  HHM Hours 2017 (pdf)

Household users who are La Crosse County residents with materials generated from their own household may drop off most household hazardous materials at no charge, however fees do apply for some electronics for La Crosse County residents.   See current pricing here:  Household User Price List (pdf)

Household users who are not residents of La Crosse County may use our facility but will be charged applicable fees for all materials.  See current pricing here:  Household User Price List (pdf)



INFORMATION FOR BUSINESSES AND ORGANIZATIONS:

The Household Hazardous Materials Facility works with businesses and organizations by appointment only!  Unscheduled drop off of materials from businesses or organizations will NOT be accepted during household user drop off hours.

Businesses and Organizations include home businesses, public and private schools, churches, civic organizations, municipalities and landlords with materials from rental properties.

The Household Hazardous Materials Facility can accept hazardous waste only from businesses and organizations that qualify as a Very Small Quantity Generator (VSQG) of hazardous waste.  A VSQG is a business or organizations that generates no more than 220 lbs. of hazardous waste per month and stores no more than 2,200 lbs. of hazardous waste on site at any one time.  A VSQG also must not generate more than 2.2 lbs. of acutely hazardous waste per month.

For more information on how the Wisconsin DNR regulates VSQG’s:  http://dnr.wi.gov/files/pdf/pubs/wa/wa295.pdf

VSQG Users must complete the VSQG Certification Form to register with the HHM program.  This form is used to collect contact and billing information and will be kept on file.

VSQG Users are required to submit a “Waste Requested for Disposal Inventory Form” prior to scheduling each appointment. Waste items not included on the form or unknown materials/products will not be accepted by HHM staff until properly approved.

Additional documentation including Safety Data Sheets, copies of product labels and photographs may also be included with the completed form.  This information may provide clarification and could expedite the process.

Completed forms and any additional documentation may be submitted using one of the following methods:

E-mail to: HHM@lacrossecounty.org or fax to: (608)785-6160 or mail to:  La Crosse County Household Hazardous Materials Program, 6502 State Road 16, La Crosse WI 54601.

 

Once the forms and any additional documentation have been submitted, your information will be reviewed.  Upon approval, HHM staff will contact you to schedule an appointment.

 

Please see the following forms for more information:

 

Waste Inventory Form (pdf)

Waste Inventory Form (Excel)

VSQG packet 2017 (pdf)

Very Small Quantity Generators (VSQG) Certification Form (pdf)

2017 VSQG Price List (pdf)

Safe Handling and Transportation of Hazardous Waste VSQG (pdf)

Light Bulb Instructions (pdf)




LA CROSSE COUNTY FARM AGRICULTURAL CHEMICAL CLEAN SWEEP PROGRAM

Through the Wisconsin DATCP Clean Sweep Program the La Crosse County Household Hazardous Materials Facility is able to accept up to 300 lbs of qualifying farm/agricultural chemicals from La Crosse County Farmers at no charge.  Amounts over 300 lbs can also be accepted but will be charged at our regular VSQG Business Rates.  Acceptable farm chemicals include:

Herbicides

Insecticides

Fungicides

Pipeline and bulk tank cleaners

 

Farms should follow the same procedure for registration, submitting an inventory of materials and scheduling an appointment listed above for Businesses and Organizations.  Call us at 608-785-9999 with any questions about the Agriculture Chemical Clean Sweep Program.

 

Out of County Farms may use our facility but will be charged VSQG Rates for all materials.  Out of County Farms should follow the same procedure for registration, submitting an inventory of materials and scheduling an appointment listed above for Businesses and Organizations.



WHAT TYPES OF MATERIAL CAN YOU BRING?

Acceptable:

·         Paint products ( oil-based paint, latex paint, wood preservative, varnish and stain)

·         Aerosol cans (with material still in them)

·         Oil, gasoline, and other automobile fluids (see information below on properly transporting used oil or gas)

·         Fluorescent light bulbs, ballasts and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs)

·         Rechargeable batteries and lithium batteries

·         Lawn and garden chemicals (pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides)

·         Sharps (needles and lancets, see information below on acceptable containers for sharps)

·         Pool and spa chemicals

·         Automotive products (antifreeze, brake fluid, motor oil, oil filters, gasoline, polish and wax)

·         Electronics (See the next section for details on fees for electronics)

Unacceptable:  We do our best to accept as much household hazardous waste as possible, however there are some things that we cannot accept.

·         Explosives, ammunition, black powder

·         Radioactive wastes

·         Medications that are listed as controlled substances

·         Compressed gas cylinders (other than propane)

·         Shock sensitive materials (picric acid)

Materials to place in your curbside trash or recycling:

·         Aerosol cans, empty (recycling)

·         Batteries, alkaline (trash)

·         Cosmetics (trash)

·         Empty containers (recycling)

·         Fertilizer without pesticide (trash)

·         Paint cans, empty (recycling)

·         Paint, latex, dried out (trash)

For a detailed list of materials you can bring see: Trifold brochure 2017 (pdf)



ELECTRONIC WASTE (E-WASTE)

Some electronics are banned from landfilling or incineration in Wisconsin and must be recycled.  For a list of materials banned from landfilling and incineration in Wisconsin see: http://dnr.wi.gov/files/PDF/pubs/wa/wa1574.pdf

E-Waste and small appliances accepted at HHM:

·         TV’s  $

·         Computer Monitors  $

·         Microwaves  $

·         Small Freon containing appliances (dorm size refrigerators, window air conditioning units, dehumidifiers)  $

·         Stereo receivers, radios, telephones, CB and ham radios  $

·         Small countertop appliances (coffee makers, toasters, paper shredders, fans, etc)  $

·         Any devices that plug into a TV (VCR, DVD player, gaming consoles, cable tv receiver, etc.)

·         Desktop computers, laptops and tablets

·         Computer accessories that connect to a computer (keyboards, mice, scanners, printers, external hard drives, circuit boards etc.)

·         Fax machines and copiers

·         iPods, cell phones and digital cameras

$  Fee Applies – Household User Price List pdf

TV’s and other electronics that have been salvaged or disassembled will be charged a fee per pound
 



Fluorescent Light Fixtures

Some fluorescent light fixtures have ballasts which may be hazardous (contain PCBs). For this reason, the La Crosse County Household Hazardous Materials (HHM) facility does accept ballasts. However, all ballasts need to be removed from fluorescent light fixtures before they are brought to the HHM facility. Effective January 1, 2017 – HHM will accept only the ballasts and not the entire light fixture. Please see the figure below:



Additionally, HHM now charges a fee for all ultraviolet lamps (i.e. tanning bed or black lamps).


MEDICATION DISPOSAL OPTIONS:

Local Law Enforcement and Gundersen Clinic Pharmacy Medication Disposal Drop Boxes

Permanent Medication Disposal Drop Boxes are located at many local police departments and at Gundersen Clinic Pharmacy locations.  These boxes are for controlled and non-controlled medications.  See website for locations: http://www.lacrossecounty.org/Health/docs/hTaskForce/Drop%20Box%20Poster.pdf

 

La Crosse County Household Hazardous Materials Facility can accept the following over-the-counter and prescription medications:

·         Prescription medications (Non-controlled only. We DO NOT accept controlled medications)

·         Over-the-counter medications

·         Pet medications

·         Medicated ointments and lotions

·         Inhalers

·         Non-controlled liquid medications in leak-proof containers

Medications dropped off at the La Crosse County Household Hazardous Materials Facility must be in their original container with the name of the medication clearly visible.  Personal information can be obscured with a black marker.  Loose pills cannot be accepted.



SHARPS

Household generated “Sharps” including needles, syringes, and lancets are accepted at the La Crosse County HHM Facility free of charge from La Crosse County Residents who treat themselves for medical conditions such as diabetes.

Sharps must be brought to HHM in approved containers.  The only

acceptable containers are:

Ø  a registered, red “Sharps” container

Ø  a thick plastic laundry detergent bottle with a screw type cap. 

Detergent containers should be labeled with the word “SHARPS”

using black, permanent marker.

Be sure lids are closed tightly or locked.

Note: if the sharps are in a container other than those listed above (i.e. milk jug, soda bottle, coffee container, bag, box etc.) they cannot be accepted.



BRINGING USED OIL OR GASOLINE TO HHM

Used oil should be brought to HHM in containers designed for the storage and transportation of oil.  Containers should be 5 gallon capacity or less.  Approved containers in good conditionwill be emptied and returned to the customer.  5 gallon pails or buckets, containers previously containing other chemicals, ice cream pails or beverage containers are not approved containers and will not be returned to the customer.

Gasoline should be brought to HHM in safety gas cans

5 gallon capacity or less.  Gas cans in good condition will be emptied and returned to the customer.



YOU CAN REDUCE YOUR HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS MATERIALS

The best way to deal with household hazardous materials is to avoid creating it.  The following tips can help you do just that.

  • Purchase less.  Buy only what you need, even if a larger container offers a price discount.

  • Use it up.  Use up all of the products you have on hand before you buy any more.  Most products do not expire.

  • Simplify.  Use multi-purpose cleaners rather than having a full collection of specialized cleaners.

  • Use safer alternatives.  Buy less toxic alternatives.  Avoid products with the words “poison” or “danger” on the label.

Follow these links to learn about safer alternatives.

http://eartheasy.com/live_nontoxic_solutions.htm

Non Toxic Cleaning Recipes (pdf)




The La Crosse County Household Hazardous Waste Program celebrated it's 10,000th residential customer for the year on 12/31/2015. Click play or go to youTube link








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