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:

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. 

  • Computer monitors
  • Computers and Laptops
  • Keyboards
  • Televisions – all kinds
  • Cameras and recorders with video display
  • DVD and VCR players/recorders
  • Printers, scanners, fax machines
  • Cell phones with video display

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.

  • Creosote
  • Degreasers
  • Fuel
  • Ether
  • Cleaning Solvents
  • Drain Cleaners
  • Dry Cleaning Fluids
  • Gun Cleaners
  • Fungicides
  • Herbicides
  • Insecticides
  • Metal cleaners
  • Mildew cleaners
  • Oven cleaners
  • Floor/furniture polish
  • Nail polish removers
  • Thinners
  • Oil-based paint
  • Varnish
  • Turpentine
  • Hobby materials/chemicals
  • Photography chemicals
  • Aerosol paint cans with paint in it (empties can be recycled)
  • Anti-freeze

Items NEVER accepted:

  • Ammunition
  • Compressed fuel cylinders
  • Explosives
  • Freon
  • Latex paint
  • Fire extinguishers (if empty take to landfill to recycle as scrap for free)
  • Medical waste
  • Radioactive material
  • Water-based stains or caulks

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.

Free CFL bulb (curled) recycling with the Focus on Energy Program.  Click here for a list of stores  in Wisconsin that accept them (always call ahead to make sure they are still accepting them).

Fluorescent lamps/bulbs are accepted year-round at the MC Landfill.  Fees for bulbs are:

  • CFL’s and under 4’ tubes - $0.50/ea
  • Over 4’ tubes - $1.00/ea
  • HID’s - $0.75/ea
  • If you have more than 100 bulbs, please call 715-446-3101 x102 to let them know you are coming.

View Light Bulb Recycling Guide here for locations for drop-off around the county. Please call facilities in advance to confirm fees (if any) and procedures.Back to Top
Accidentally break a fluorescent bulb?  Scroll down the Mercury Fact Sheet for CLEANUP AND DISPOSAL procedures.

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 Guide which 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)
  • garbage or trash.

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.

Here are a few tips to reduce waste during the holidays! Click to download a our December Holiday Waste Reduction Guide.

Please call all facilities in advance to make arrangements:

  • The Marathon County Humane Society (715-845-2810) takes deceased pets on a case by case basis only.  The fee charged depends on the size and weight of the pet. 
  • Peaceful Pines (715-693-0202) in Mosinee is another alternative. 
  • Many veterinary facilities provide services related to deceased pets. 
  • The Marathon County Landfill accepts remains for the fee of $10.

The following items are considered Scrap Metal.  You may either CALL ahead to a Scrap Metal Dealer (click here for more information) or bring them to the landfill to be recycled (for free):

  • Bicycles
  • Camp Stove Propane Tanks (Small, completely  empty)
  • Boat Motors (empty gas and oil to recycle separately)
  • Lawn Mowers (empty of gas and oil)
  • Treadmills
  • Air Conditioners, Dehumidifiers, Dishwashers, Dryers, Freezers, Furnaces (residential only), Garbage Disposals, Microwaves, Refrigerators, Stoves,Trash Compactors, Washers, Water Coolers, Water Heaters, Welders.
  • Christmas Tree Lights

The following items are considered regular refuse/garbage (for FEES, hover on "Resident" tab above and open Fees page):

  • Carpet and/or Carpet Backing
  • Construction and Demolition Waste:  Excludes shingles if they are going to be recycled (click here for Shingle Recycling Brochure/Fees). Click here for information about Habitat for Humanity's Recycled Building Material (RBM) facility.
  • Fiberglass Boats (no motor/gas/oil)
  • Furniture
  • 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.
  • Mattresses and Box Springs
  • Plastic Buckets with Paving Tar Residue
  • Toilets

The following are now recyclable for a small fee:

  • Vinyl Siding