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Special Wastes & Recycling

Please review the information below for disposal and recycling of special wastes that are not accepted at the sanitary landfill, including: medical and household hazardous wastes, asphalt shingles, electronic waste, fluorescent light bulbs, oil and filters, antifreeze, and plastic bags.

Medical Waste Disposal
The Janesville Sharps Disposal Program provides a safe, easy way for Janesville residents to dispose of their syringes and lancets. This program is free to all Janesville residents. Sharps containers, such as those pictured below, are available to the public free of charge at pharmacies throughout Janesville.

Here's how to participate in the program:

  1. Pick up a free specially designed sharps disposal container at any participating Janesville pharmacy.
  2. Place only used syringes and lancets in the container.
  3. When the container is full, seal it closed and return it to the participating pharmacy.
  4. The pharmacist will then provide you with another empty disposal container.

The following pharmacies have agreed to participate in this program:

  • Dean Riverview Pharmacy (580 N. Washington)
  • K Mart Pharmacy (2233 Old Humes Road)
  • Kealey Pharmacy (21 South Jackson Street)
  • Mercy East Pharmacy (3524 East Milwaukee Street)
  • Mercy Mall Pharmacy (1010 North Washington Street)
  • Mercy West Pharmacy (1000 Mineral Point Avenue)
  • Schnucks Pharmacy (1501 Creston Park Drive)
  • CVS Pharmacy (1832 West Court Street)
  • Shopko Pharmacy (2500 Highway 14 East)
  • Walgreens Pharmacy (1717 Milton Avenue)
  • Walgreens Pharmacy (1010 N. Washington St.)
  • Walgreens Pharmacy (1740 Center Ave.)
  • Walgreens Pharmacy (2519 Kettering St.) 

Who to call for more information:

  • City Services Center 755-3110
  • Wisconsin Poison Center 1-800-222-1222
  • Wisconsin Consumer Protection Agency (608) 224-4960

Household Hazardous Wastes

Hazardous substances are "dangerous" substances that may harm human health or the environment if disposed of improperly. This section outlines general disposal techniques for household hazardous waste. Businesses must manage their hazardous materials in accordance with state and federal regulations. A more detailed brochure is available upon request from the City by contacting the City Services Center.

Helpful Hints:

  • Avoid purchasing products that may pose potential disposal problems
  • Watch for signal words such as "Caution", "Warning", "Danger", or "Poison"
  • Buy just enough product to do the job
  • Follow all directions on proper usage

Do not ...

  • Burn leftover product
  • Bury leftover product
  • Reuse any chemical containers
  • Mix chemical wastes

Any leftover product should be stored until used up, or given to someone who can use it if possible. Following is a list of disposal methods for the most common household hazardous wastes:

 Material Disposal 
Old Latex Paint


Allow paint to dry or absorb in oil dry, paint hardener, vermiculiate, ground cobs, or kitty litter.  Once dried, place cans in your trash cart for curbside trash collection.  Paint must be made solid to avoid spills at curbside and at landfills.


Bring to the Janesville Sanitary landfill for disposal after paint has solidified (see above).  Remove lid so that the landfill attendant can inspect.


Take unwanted latex paint to Harris Ace Hardware in Janesville, Beloit or Monroe for recycling.  For more information, visit


Contact civic organizations or non-profit agencies if paint is needed for home improvement projects if paint is in excellent usable condition.

Wood Stains and Turpentine

Evaporate small amounts in open air, away from flame, pets, and children.


Absorb in oil dry or kitty litter and then place in your trash cart for curbside collection.

Old Antifreeze (2 gal. or less), Bleach, Abrasive Cleaners, and Disinfectants Pour down drain with plenty of water. This is appropriate for any household drain connected to a City sewer.  Do NOT pour materials down drains that are not connected to a municipal sewage system, such as a septic system or storm drain.
Herbicides, Insecticides, Fertilizer, and Rat Poison Solid materials can be collected with trash at curb if double wrapped.

For disposal of materials not listed above, contact City the City Services Center at 755-3110.

Clean Sweep Program

The Clean Sweep program provides free or low cost disposal of hazardous chemicans to all residents of Rock County.  Drop off events are held every year in various sites around the county.  For 2015, drop off sites will be June 12th in Milton, June 13th in City of Beloit, August 21st in Evansville, and August 22nd in Janesville. 

For more Clean Sweep program information including what items are accepted, which are not, what to recycle, and locations of drop off events, visit the Rock County Clean Sweep webpage or call 754-6617 ext. 3.

Last updated: 7/9/2015 4:06:27 PM