Frequently Asked Questions
The Small Business Hazardous Waste Disposal Program
The small business program allows farms and businesses to dispose of agricultural chemicals or
other hazardous materials and waste in a convenient and cost-effective manner. Very Small Quantity
Generator (VSQG) wastes are accepted by appointment only. No electronics will be accepted from
See the "Make an Appointment" section below. Appointments are available Monday-Fridays.
The small business program, as an add-on to the Household Hazardous Waste Program, is able to take advantage of its economies of scale and provide significant cost savings.
State law requires that all Wisconsin businesses producing hazardous waste manage and dispose of their materials and wastes
properly. Businesses generating large quantities of waste must hire a chemical contractor to sort, package, and
transport the waste to a licensed facility. This option proves very costly for generators of small quantities of
waste, especially if they have different waste streams (e.g. solvents and paints). This makes the reduced costs
offered by Clean Sweep particularly attractive to small businesses.
Under normal regulations, the procedures and paperwork for small businesses can be confusing and complicated.
However, the Wisconsin DNR has designed a program to assist generators of small quantities of waste to
effectively dispose of their hazardous materials in a simplified manner, which allows Dane County Clean Sweep,
to waive manifest requirements and authorize us to accept business waste.
As a VSQG, you can be assured that your waste will be properly managed by the Clean Sweep program. Clean Sweep makes sure that the facilities
to which this waste is sent are audited regularly. We also help to minimize liability, by assuring that these materials are disposed of
through a hierarchy of disposal: Reuse, Recycle, Treatment, or Incineration. This hierarchy of disposal makes sure that
wastes are disposed of in the most cost-efficient and environmentally-conscious manner.
How to Transport Materials to Clean Sweep
Products and materials should be packaged to keep them from spilling or breaking on the way to Clean
Sweep. Leave materials in their original containers. DO NOT MIX like or unlike materials together.
Leaking containers may be placed, as is, in another container. Please make sure to properly label the
Make an Appointment
Small business appointments will be scheduled Monday-Friday.
You have two options to set up an appointment to bring in your hazardous waste:
If you'd like to set up an appointment to bring in your hazardous waste,
please fill out our online registration form. If you have questions about the
program or if you are unsure whether you qualify, you can find answers in the
registration form or by leaving a message for
Clean Sweep Staff at 608-838-3212 (Phone), 608-267-3105 (fax), or email
Payment of Fees
Businesses must pay with Mastercard or Visa at the time of the scheduled drop off appointment.