Hazardous household waste (HHW) collection Program

Businesses or agricultural entities:

Businesses must pre-register. Click here for more information.  


Dispose of your household hazardous and special waste safely, in a manner that won't harm the environment. You must call to make an appointment at 715-446-3101 x100 to drop off hazardous items.  Please call at least one day in advance.  Don't see your product on the list? Call the Solid Waste & Recycling Information Line 877-270-3989.

  • Protect the groundwater and environment.

  • Get hazardous substances out of the house and away from children and pets.

  • Make your community a better place to live.

HHW Collection Program flier

Collectible Items:

The following items are collected as part of the Marathon HHW Collection program at no charge to residents in Marathon or Shawano Counties.  Lincoln County residents may bring in items, but must pay full disposal costs; they can later get reimbursed by Lincoln Co. SWD for up to $75.   If items are usable they may be added to our Choose to ReUse area.  Next time you need just a small amount of something check out our Choose to ReUse area.  We just might have what you are looking for.

  • Creosote

  • Degreasers

  • Fuel* (if exceeding 5 gallons)

  • Oil/gas mixtures* (if exceeding 5 gallons)

  • 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* (if exceeding 5 gallons)
    *If you have less than 5 gallons of these items, you do not need to make an appointment. These small amounts can be brought anytime during our open hours.

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

NOTE: Sharps are accepted at the Marathon County Solid Waste Department. Put them in a commercial sharps disposal container on sale at most pharmacies or 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,” “infectious waste,” or “sharps."