Crawford County Clean Sweep set for April 12

The city of Prairie du Chien, in conjunction with Crawford Co., La Crosse County Solid Waste and Dynamic Recycling, is hosting a county-wide Clean Sweep on Saturday, April 12, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The collection event will be for all residents of Crawford County. The event will be held at the Wolf Machine building, 1601 East Lessard St., Prairie du Chien.

La Crosse County has received grants to support the funding for these events in Vernon, La Crosse and Crawford Counties. Employees from the city and county will be on hand to assist with registration, information and clean-up after the event.

This is an opportunity for county residents to clean out their garages, basements and storage buildings and properly recycle or dispose of many environmentally harmful products. Last year, many pounds of waste products and electronics were collected.

“Clean Sweeps provide an environmentally safe and secure way for residents to properly dispose of unwanted or unneeded chemicals, solvents, pesticides, oils and electronics. Proper disposal is important to preserving and improving our water, air, quality of life and the environment,” said Terry Meyer, Prairie du Chien’s co-manager of public works.

Items collected at the Clean Sweep include the following:

•Household hazardous waste (oil-based paints and stains, empty or full aerosol cans, cleaning products, antifreeze, etc.

•Old gas and oils.

•Agricultural chemicals (pesticides and herbicides).

•Electronic devices (computers, monitors, VCRs, TVs etc.). These, and agricultural chemicals, are among the most common items accepted at the Clean Sweep.

•A $5 fee will be charged for collection of televisions (all types).

•Mercury-containing devices (thermostats, thermometers etc.).

•Old fireworks.

•Batteries.

•Fluorescent light bulbs.

•A 50-cent fee will be charged for each fluorescent  lamp collected.

NO ammunition or radioactive materials will be accepted.

According to Meyer, refrigerators and freezers are NOT accepted at the Clean Sweep due to the Freon in these appliances. Also, latex paint will NOT be collected, because these can be discarded by letting them dry and placing them in the regular garbage.

Any fees charged for particular items are due to the costs incurred for disposal of the components (plastics, glass, metals) contained within the electronics.

For additional information on the Clean Sweep, contact Terry Meyer at 326-8534 or Prairie du Chien City Hall at 326-6606.

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