Recycling, Waste Disposal, Clean Sweep Program



Wisconsin’s recycling law bans certain materials from being thrown away in landfills or incinerators. This includes most types of paper and containers, including newspaper, cardboard boxes, magazines, office paper, aluminum containers, steel containers, glass bottles and jars, plastic containers with the numbers 1 and 2, steel cans, and tires. Other items that must be recycled are vehicle batteries, household appliances, motor oil, and yard wastes like grass clippings and leaves.  More recently, the list of banned items has been extended to electronic wastes and oil filters.

Calumet County Recycling programs are managed by local government offices, most of whom contract with Advanced Disposal for collection.  Pick up and service questions should be directed to your local government officials or to Advanced Disposal at 920-458-6030.

The entire City of Appleton receives recycling services from the Outagamie County Recycling Program, while the City of Menasha is served by the Winnebago County Recycling Program.

Residential Curbside Recycling Guide

recycling acceptable items

Recycling References

Waste Disposal

Veolia Environmental Services is the refuse collector in most of Calumet County, and can be reached at 888 688 4005.  City departments in Appleton and Menasha are responsible for refuse collection in those communities.  Some Calumet County communities hold special clean up days when residents can dispose of these items at no cost.  For the materials that must be specially handled, there are other options.  For details, contact your local community or the Hickory Meadows landfill at 920 853 8553 to determine if they will accept these items.

Clean Sweep Program: Hazardous Waste Disposal

hazardous waste

Many products contain hazardous materials.  Improper disposal of these products can cause harm to humans and the environment.  This guide will help you identify hazardous products around your home.  Keep your home and the environment safe by disposing of hazardous products properly!

Clean Sweeps are typically held in the spring/early summer each year.
Unwanted, unused, or damaged products that are stored in your home can be brought to one of Calumet County’s clean sweep sites. Events will be posted on our website, as well as in the local newspapers.

Calumet County businesses that are very small quantity generators (VSQG) of hazardous waste are eligible to participate in the Clean Sweep program, but must pay their own disposal costs.

Acceptable materials include, but are not limited to:

  • solvents
  • pesticides and herbicides (including DDT and chlordane)
  • rodent baits
  • lead and oil based paints
  • kitchen and bathroom cleaners
  • bug sprays
  • auto products such as old gasoline, transmission fluid and antifreeze.

Hazardous wastes are products whose labels include:

  • caution
  • poison
  • combustive
  • danger
  • warning
  • flammable
  • corrosive


Composting is a natural process in which organic materials decompose into a humus-like material that can be used as a natural soil enhancement. There are a number of methods for producing finished compost at home, including composting in a backyard compost bin and using red worms to eat food wastes. For more information, a good place to start learning is to check out the link for DNR’s website, which contains a number of resources.