Hazardous Waste Disposal (posted September 27, 2017)
Improper storage or disposal of hazardous chemicals can pollute our waters and cause health risks for everyone. Most household products are not a problem but they can become hazardous if used, stored or disposed of improperly. One of the best ways to avoid the problem of disposing of hazardous waste is to use as much of the products as possible. Household chemical products should NOT be mixed. Allow liquid wastes to dry out whenever possible. Call your local Lincoln County UW Extension Office (715-539-1072) or Lincoln County Emergency Management (715-536-6228) for more information.
Unused chemicals that sit around sheds and farms pose a potential hazard. They can be inadvertently spilled or the containers can deteriorate and leak. Either way, people or the environment are at risk. Purchase the amount that is needed and read the label for proper storage and disposal. Do not burn or dump any hazardous wastes on the ground, as waste that is dumped on the ground or into a drain eventually flows to surface and ground water sources. For more information, call your local Lincoln County UW Extension Office or Lincoln County Emergency Management for assistance.
DO NOT flush prescription drugs down the toilet or drain unless the label or accompanying patient information specifically instructs you to do so. Prescription drugs flushed into our sewers or septic systems are polluting both ground and surface waters. Contact your pharmacist to see if they can assist you with disposal or Lincoln County UW Extension Office or the Lincoln County Emergency Management for more information. Also, the Merrill Police Department and Tomahawk Police Department have drop off boxes for old prescriptions (non-liquid). Tomahawk Police department will also take old syringes or sharps.