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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

Hazardous Waste in the Home
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 Paint  Allow paint to dry or absorb in oil dry or kitty litter then set out cans for curbside trash collection with lids off.

 Wood Stains and Turpentine

 Evaporate small amounts in open air, away from flame, pets, and children. Or absorb in oil dry or kitty litter.
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 2014, drop off sites will be June 13th in Edgerton, June 14th in City of Beloit, August 22nd in Orfordville, and August 23rd 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 or call 754-6617 ext. 118.

Last updated: 4/1/2014 8:03:53 AM