Cleansweep & Tire Recycling

What is Clean Sweep?
The Northwest Clean Sweep program was established in 1995 to demonstrate a safe, regional solution for the collection and disposal of hazardous wastes in our northwest Wisconsin region. The program is free for households and farmers and also provided to agricultural-related businesses and very small quantity generator businesses at reasonable rates.

The major objective of the Clean Sweep program is to eliminate the indiscriminate dumping of hazardous materials on the land or in our water systems and watersheds.

Acceptable items include materials such as, oil-based paints, aerosol spray paints and lubricants, solvents, pesticides, fertilizers, household and hazardous cleaners, corrosives, flammables, mercury, lead tackle and shot, old gas, antifreeze, and other chemicals you wouldn’t consider dumping. Mercury containing
thermostats, switches and thermometers, and lead based paint will also be accepted.

2024 Date & Location
Clean Sweep will be held Tuesday, June 25 from 2 - 6 pm at the Rusk County Highway Shop.  Residents can bring hazardous waste for free.  There is a charge for bulbs.  Businesses and farmers must pre-register at least 2 weeks in advance of the event by contacting Zach Davis, Veolia Environmental Services at  Include a full list of materials and prepayment/authorization.  Farmers/farms may dispose of up to 200 pounds for free.  



The Tire Recycling program provides an opportunity for Rusk County residents to dispose of their discarded tires for a low fee at convenient collection sites. This program provides an outlet for waste tires and assembles large amounts of waste tires sufficient to be loaded on semi-trailers and transported to facilities where the tires are converted to tire derived fuel (TDF) and made into a high quality crumb rubber that is used in horse arenas, playgrounds and landscaping.
It is estimated that in Wisconsin five million used tires are discarded each year. Waste tires present a health hazard and are fertile breeding grounds for mosquitoes and other insects. Large stockpiles of waste tires pose a fire hazard.

What you can do to reduce tire waste?

Keep your tires properly inflated to reduce wear and premature tire replacement.
Rotate and balance your tires on a regular basis (every 4,000 to 7500 miles), to avoid uneven wear that can require tire replacement.
Encourage local officials to actively work to reduce tire piles.
Support the waste tire recycling market by purchasing products made with recycled tire rubber.
The annual tire collection is held during Clean Sweep which will be held Thursday, June 22 from 2 - 6 pm at the Rusk County Highway Shop. Prices vary per size. For tire disposal throughout the year, contact your garage or salvage yard to see if they take them.  There is a charge for tire disposal.