Manitowoc County

Recycling Center


3000 Basswood Rd. Manitowoc, WI 54220
Phone: (920) 683-4333
Main Office Hours: Mon-Fri: 7am to 4pm,
Sat: 8am to Noon (April through October only)



 Compost Sites

 Drop Off Sites

 Electronics Program

 Mercury Program

 Tire Collection

 Drug Disposal

 Hazardous Wastes

 Business Recycling

 Community Resources





3000 Basswood Rd. Manitowoc, WI 54220
Phone: (920) 683-4333

Main Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 7am to 4pm,
Sat: 8am to Noon (April through October only)

Electronics are only accepted during the main office hours.



Hazardous Waste Clean Sweep 2017

Locations and times
Acceptable and unacceptable items

Household guidelines

Farm Guidelines

Business Guidelines

Registration (farms and businesses only)

Hazardous Waste Reduction



Program Flyer

Bring your hazardous wastes to the 2017 Clean Sweep.  Many common items like automotive products, household cleaners, pesticides and home improvement products are hazardous when used, stored or disposed of improperly.  Look for items that contain the following warnings on their labels: Danger, Warning, Caution, Poison, Combustible, Flammable, Corrosive, and Toxic.  Households and farms may participate for free, businesses receive discounted rates.
Locations and times

Manitowoc County


  • Saturday, May 20, 9 am - Noon
    Manitowoc County Highway Shop
    3500 HWY 310, Manitowoc

Farms and Businesses

  • Friday, May 19, 2 pm - 4 pm
    Manitowoc County Highway Shop
    3500 HWY 310, Manitowoc

There have been important program changes, please review the items and guidelines!

All residents are encouraged to dispose of latex paint in their regular trash. Just take the lid off and let it dry or add paint hardener or cat litter. Once hardened, latex paint can be disposed of in the trash.

For other Hazardous Waste Clean Sweep program locations and guidelines contact these participating counties:


Calumet County call 849-1450 ext 3.


Sheboygan County call 459-3060.


Fond du Lac County call 929-3171.




Acceptable Items Unacceptable Items


  • Pesticides
  • Insecticides
  • Herbicides
  • Fungicides
  • Rodenticides
  • Other poisonous repellents and banned chemicals (DDT)


  • Varnishes and Shellacs
  • Turpentine and Thinners
  • Lead Based Paints
  • Oil Based Paints
  • Aerosols
  • Wood Preservatives


  • Oven Cleaners
  • Spot Removers
  • Polishes

Other Materials

  • Waste Oil and Filters
  • Oil Soaked Absorbents
  • Contaminated Oil
  • Hydraulic Oil
  • Antifreeze
  • Gasoline
  • Bulk Mercury and Mercury Containing Devices and Compounds
  • Acids/Bases
  • Mothballs
  • Pool and Spa Chemicals
  • Photographic Chemicals
  • Wood Coating, Stripping and Preservative Chemicals
  • Explosives such as ammunition
  • Radioactive materials such as smoke detectors
  • Compressed gas tanks and high pressure cylinders such as fire extinguishers and propane tanks
  • Unknown chemicals
  • Tires
  • Infectious and biological waste including sharps and needles
  • Light bulbs
  • Computer components and TVs
  • Batteries
  • Appliances
  • Freon gases
  • Pharmaceticals

Other disposal or recycling options exist for many unacceptable items.  Visit our online recycling and disposal guide or contact the Manitowoc County Recycling Center at 920-683-4333.


Manitowoc County may modify these lists at any time to meet the needs of the program.


Household Guidelines
  • Household participants may dispose of acceptable hazardous waste items at no cost.
  • Participants must be residents of Manitowoc or Sheboygan Counties.
  • Wastes must be brought in the original containers.  Keep materials separate.  Do NOT mix chemicals.
  • Unknown substances and commercial waste will not be accepted.
  • To prepare materials for transport, line a cardboard box with a plastic bag.  Place them in the box and separate with cardboard.
  • When arriving at the Clean Sweep disposal site, slow down and follow traffic directions.
  • If unable to attend then ask a neighbor to take your materials for you.
  • Do not bring materials to the event before or after the listed time.
Farm and Agriculture Guidelines
  • Farmers and rural property owners may bring chemicals from active and abandoned farms for disposal at no cost.
  • Farms and agricultural businesses must pre-register within the County they plan on participating in by May 11, 2017.
  • Many types of agricultural operations are eligible for disposal service including: livestock, grain, holiday trees, poultry, fruit, vegetable and aquaculture.
  • Non-agriculture operations that bring in farm chemicals should register as a business and may be eligible for a 50% disposal subsidy.
  • Drums that have contained, or still contain agricultural chemicals will be accepted.
Business Guidelines
  • Businesses must qualify as a Very Small Quantity Generator (VSQG) through self-certification to dispose of their waste.
  • VSQG produce less than 220 pounds of hazardous waste per month and store less than 2,205 pounds. Other limits may apply.
  • Businesses can be retail, wholesale, manufacturing, commercial real estate, non-profit, schools, churches, golf courses and restaurants.
  • Businesses must pre-register within the County they plan to participate in by May 11, 2017.  Late registrants may not be eligible for reduced disposal rates.
  • Acceptable items include all those listed and chemicals associated with:
    • Business site and grounds maintenance such as pesticides, cleaners, disinfectants and vehicle chemicals.
    • Manufacturing and process chemicals such as oxidizers, acids, caustics, technical grade chemicals, laboratory reagents, polymers, reactive metals, mercury-based products, etc.
    • All sludges (weight scale pits, sump pits) is eligible for Clean Sweep disposal.  Agrichemical sludge (pesticide containing sludge from mixing and loading operations) is eligible for a 50 percent disposal subsidy.

Farms and businesses must preregister in the county they plan on participating in. 

  • Manitowoc County Clean Sweep, call 683-4333. 

  • Sheboygan County Clean Sweep call 467-3060.

Hazardous Waste Reduction

Hazardous waste is found in most homes.  The Clean Sweep program is a great option to dispose of hazardous waste items but the key is to prevent or reduce it in the first place. 

Before you buy:
1. Read the labels
2. Choose safer alternatives
3. Buy the smallest amount needed for the job
After you buy:
1. Follow directions for safe use
2. Store properly in the original container
3. Share what you can't use
4. Dispose of leftovers properly 

Follow these links for more information on hazardous waste reduction and managment:
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - Household Hazardous Waste Management Guide
Environmental Protection Agency - Household Hazardous Waste


Donate your time to help staff the 2017 Manitowoc County Hazardous Waste Clean Sweep on Saturday May 20 from 9am to Noon at the Manitowoc County Highway Shop.  Help survey and greet participants, direct traffic and assist with the thermometer exchange program.  Call the Manitowoc County Recycling Center at 920-683-4333 for details and to sign up!

Thanks to our volunteers the Manitowoc County Clean Sweep Program is one of the best in the State.  Volunteers at the Clean Sweep are provided with beverages and lunch.   



Clean Sweep is sponsored by the following agencies:

Manitowoc County Solid Waste Dept., Sheboygan County Planning and Resources Dept., The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP), Waste Management Inc., Holiday House of Manitowoc Inc., and the Manitowoc County UW Extension.



Operated in partnership with:

Manitowoc County Department of Public Works

Manitowoc County Expo Center

Serving people with disabilities since 1957

Holiday House of Manitowoc Inc.