You can now recycle asphalt shingles at the Marathon County landfill. WHY RECYCLE SHINGLES? Research has found that adding five (5) percent ground asphalt shingles to the hot-mix for paving and repairing roads improves its performance and makes it hold up better than a hot-mix without the ground up shingles. Click here to view the Asphalt Shingle Recycling Guide
Please call facilities in advance to confirm fees (if any) and procedures.
YARD MATERIALS - Now accepting grass clippings, garden plant materials, leaves, vines, twigs, shrubbery trimmings, and branches and limbs for a small fee.
Click here for information on how and where to recycle: CONCRETE - ASPHALTCHUNKS - PALLETS - BRUSH - STUMPS- LARGE TREE TRUNKS
Please call facilities in advance to confirm fees (if any) and procedures. The following items are banned from Wisconsin landfills and can be disposed of at the Marathon County Landfill for recycling. Click here for the Electronics Recycling Guide.
The following items are collected as part of the Marathon County Clean Sweep Program (see page 2) March-December and are free for drop-off for all residents in Marathon or Lincoln County. You must call and make an appointment to drop off hazardous items – call 715-446-3101 x 100.
Dry Cleaning Fluids
Nail polish removers
Aerosol paint cans with paint in it (empties can be recycled)
Items NEVER accepted:
Compressed fuel cylinders
Fire extinguishers (if empty take to landfill to recycle as scrap for free)
Please call facilities in advance to confirm fees (if any) and procedures. Accepted at the Clean Sweep Program and Solid Waste Department at the landfill. Put sharps in commercial sharps disposal container on sale at most pharmacies or put in a heavy plastic detergent or bleach bottle with a screw-on cap for sealing tightly. No milk jugs or other thin plastic! Do not separate the needle from the syringe. Label the container with “biohazard” or “infectious waste” or “sharps”.
The following two Wausau Walgreens pharmacies accept used sharps for free, as long as they are in an official sharps container or heavy plastic laundry detergent bottle with a screw cap and labeled "Sharps": 105 Central Bridge Street (715) 845-8279 and 504 S. 17th Ave (715) 848-8730. Call ahead for pharmacy hours. You do not have to be a Walgreens customer, but you must bring them to the pharmacy area of the store during pharmacy hours only (vs. store hours).
The Walgreen's in Weston (5305 Business Hwy. 51 S ) does NOT take them.
Household/Alkaline batteries are no longer considered hazardous materials and can be disposed of in your garbage. For all other batteries please click here to view our Battery Recycling & Disposal Policy. (Effective March 8, 2010)
View the Battery Recycling Guidewhich lists locations for drop-off around the county. Please call facilities in advance to confirm fees (if any) and procedures.
Please do not flush down the toilet or throw into the garbage. Click here to view our brochure. Unused & unwanted medication can be taken to the following drop-box locations:
Everest Metro Police Department - 5303 Mesker St. Weston, WI. M - F 8:00 am - 5:00 pm public lobby area. No holiday drop-off.
Rothschild Police Department - 211 Grand Ave. Rothschild, WI. Open 24/7, 365 days a year in public entrance area.
Wausau Police Department - 515 Grand Ave. Wausau, WI. M - F 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Drop slot in public lobby area. No holiday drop-off.
Kronenwetter Police Department - 1582 Kronenwetter Dr. Kronnenwetter, WI. Open 24/7, 365 days a year in public entrance area.
Colby/Abbortsford Police Department - If traveling a long distance, it is suggested you call 715-223-4944 first. Located at 112 W Spruce Street Abbotsford, WI. M W F 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. T & TH 8:00 am - 1:00 pm in public lobby area. No holiday drop-off.
Drop Box Rules
over-the-counter or prescription drugs
keep medications in original containers
remove personal/doctor's information by either tearing off or marking out
leave medicine name and dosage on container.
radioactive chemo drugs or IV bags
needles or syringes (see household hazardous materials above)
As of January 1, 2011, Oil Filters and Absorbents are banned from Wisconsin landfills. Click here to view the Oil Ban Fact Sheet. Used Oil can be taken to the MC Landfill as part of the Clean Sweep program for free disposal. Your local auto shop may take it but always call ahead for information and procedures and for fees if any.
Click here to view Used Oil Filter Recyclng Drop-Off Locations in and around Marathon County. Please call facilities in advance to confirm fees (if any) and procedures.
We accept all kinds of appliances for a fee. Click here to view Landfill FEES and list of items accepted. If you have questions call the Solid Waste and Recycling Information Line at 877-270-3989. Please call facilities in advance to confirm fees (if any) and procedures. Appliance Recycling Guide – Click here.
Also, you can Save on energy costs and get cash back for recycling your old refrigerator or freezer, thanks to the Appliance Recycling Program from Focus on Energy and WPS. You'll help lower your energy use, reduce your energy bills and keep harmful materials out of landfills. Plus, Focus on Energy offers a $40 cash-back reward to residential customers who recycle an old refrigerator or freezer.
Latex Paint (DRIED ONLY): Latex paint is NOT a hazardous material. But liquid latex paint CANNOT be put into your garbage. It must be completely dry and hard. To harden paint, pour it into a box and line with a sturdy piece of plastic. To speed the process, add kitty litter, sawdust or a hardener purchased at a hardware store. Once completely hardened, lift and twist the plastic and dry paint, then put it into another bag and toss into trash. All paint cans must be rinsed and wiped clean. Wipe and put lids separately into your garbage. A paint can with a lid on it is perceived as having paint in it. Your waste hauler will not check to see if lidded cans are empty and might not take the trash away. Once rinsed, metal latex paint cans that are not rusted can be recycled. Rinsed plastic, or rusty metal, latex paint cans may be put in the trash. Remember: Buy the minimum amount needed for projects. Use old latex paint for craft projects or see if friends or neighbors want the paint.