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Two upcoming events will allow local residents to dispose of potentially hazardous materials.

The Tomah Veterans Administration Medical Center will observe Earth Day by collecting certain electronic items from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 20 and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 21. It will be held at VA Building 25 and is limited to individuals. No items from businesses or municipalities will be accepted.

Among items being accepted:

  • Televisions
  • Computers
  • Computer peripherals (keyboards, mouse, speakers, hard drives, modems)
  • Phones
  • VCR/DVD players
  • Stereos/CD players

Batteries and appliances won’t be accepted.

One week later the Monroe County Solid Waste Department will hold a “clean sweep” event at the county landfill located at 20488 Junco Road in Norwalk from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Items accepted include:

  • Medications − the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office will be on site controlling the collection.
  • Pesticides/fertilizers
  • Paints/stains
  • Household/garage cleaners and fluids
  • Mercury thermometers

Thanks to a grant from the Department of Agriculture, the Solid Waste Department can assist Monroe County household and hobby farms, up to 250 pounds per resident. There will be no commercial business or commercial farms collected, but department personnel can assist businesses in connecting with an environmental service contractor.

During the Clean Sweep (separate from the grant) the county will collect other items that are banned from lands.

Items that will be collected for free:

  • Lithium/NiCD batteries/car batteries
  • CO2 detectors/fire alarms
  • Five gallons of motor oil/five-gallon pails of filters
  • Five gallons antifreeze

Items collected for a fee:

  • Electronics—Televisions ($15 for screens under 26 inches, $20 26 inches and above), computers, printers and copiers, $10 per item.
  • Appliances, $10
  • Tires, 13 cents per ton.
  • Agricultural plastic, $49 per ton
  • Fluorescent bulbs, 50 cents each

Items not accepted include explosives, radioactive materials, construction waste and furniture.

For more information, call the Solid Waste Department at 608-269-8783.

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Tomah Journal editor

Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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