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Household Hazardous Waste
Antifreeze, household cleaners, gasoline, pesticides, oil paints, solvents, and motor oil are just some of the common household products that can enter our storm drains. Help keep these out of our lakes and streams. Instead of putting these items in the trash, down the storm drain, or on the ground, take them to the Manitowoc County Recycling Center or Clean Sweep Day.

Here are some simple steps you can take to carefully dispose of household wastes and help keep our water clean.

  • Identify it. Be aware of household products that can harm children, pets, and the environment. The words "danger," "caution," "warning," or "toxic" indicate that you need to be careful in how you use and dispose of the product.
  • Less is better. Reduce waste and save money by purchasing only the materials you need. When possible, choose less toxic alternatives. For example, try cleaning your windows with vinegar and water.
  • Store properly. Keep unused products in their original containers with labels intact. Select cool, dry storage areas that are away from children, pets, and wildlife.
  • Disposal is key. Never dump motor oil, chemicals, and other toxic materials down storm drains, sinks, or on the ground.

Local Disposal Information:
The Manitowoc County Recycling Center has a designated "clean sweep" day every spring for the disposal of household hazardous waste products.  View more information about the Manitowoc County Recycling Center Hazardous Waste Clean Sweep.

Used oil can be dropped off at the City of Manitowoc Fire Department on the corner of S. 10th and Franklin Street.  They accept used oil at the small building on the west side of the main building.  The hours of operation for recycling oil are Monday thru Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


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