HHM Safety Information

3202 Berlin Drive
La Crosse, WI  54601

Household Hazardous Materials (HHM) facility is accepting residential drop offs of household hazardous waste weekly, Monday through Friday, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The Reuse Room will be open weekly, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Saturday Summer Schedule 1st & 3rd Saturday Open 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM April through October.

NO dropping waste after hours! This facility is monitored by 24 hr security surveillance.

Household Hazardous Materials

1. What is household hazardous waste?
2. Information for household users
3. Information for businesses and organizations
4. Information for farms
5. What types of materials can you bring?
6. Electronic Waste (e-waste)
7. Fluorescent bulbs, fixtures and ballasts
8. Medication Disposal
9. Sharps
10. Used oil and gasoline
11. You can reduce your household hazardous materials



Household hazardous waste is any substance containing ingredients that could negatively affect your safety, health or the environment.  Signal words found on hazardous products include poison, danger, warning and caution.  Also look for indication of hazardous properties on the label.  Such properties are defined by the Environmental Hazards Management Institute as follows:


toxic  Toxic:  can cause injury or death if swallowed, absorbed or inhaled

flammable  Flammable:  easily catches fire and tends to burn rapidly

corrosive  Corrosive:  a chemical or its vapors that can cause a materials or living tissue to be       destroyed

explosive  Explosive:  violently bursting when exposed to heat or pressure.

oxidizer  Oxidizer:  accelerates combustion and reacts with other chemicals

irritant  Irritant:  causes soreness or swelling of the skin, eyes, mucous membranes or             respiratory system


Household Users with more than 200 lbs of materials or with large containers (more than 10 gal) should schedule an appointment for drop off of materials.  Call 608-785-9999 to schedule an appointment for drop off of a large household hazardous waste load.  Household users with smaller more typical loads do not need to make an appointment but should make sure they come during our listed Household User Drop Off Hours.  HHM Hours (pdf)

La Crosse County residents with materials generated from their own household may drop off most household hazardous materials at no charge; however, fees do apply for some specialty items.

Residents outside of La Crosse County are welcome to use our facility but will be charged applicable fees.

For more information, see our household user pricing schedule  Household User Price List (pdf)


The Household Hazardous Materials Facility works with businesses and organizations by appointment only!  Unscheduled drop off of materials from businesses or organizations will NOT be accepted during household user drop off hours.

Businesses and Organizations include home businesses, public and private schools, churches, civic organizations, municipalities and landlords with materials from rental properties.

The Household Hazardous Materials Facility can accept hazardous waste only from businesses and organizations that qualify as a Very Small Quantity Generator (VSQG) of hazardous waste.  A VSQG is a business or organizations that generates no more than 220 lbs. of hazardous waste per month and stores no more than 2,200 lbs. of hazardous waste on site at any one time.  A VSQG also must not generate more than 2.2 lbs. of acutely hazardous waste per month.

For more information on how the Wisconsin DNR regulates VSQG’s:  http://dnr.wi.gov/files/pdf/pubs/wa/wa295.pdf

New VSQG Users must complete the VSQG Credit Application and Certification Form to register with the HHM program.  These forms are used to collect contact and billing information and will be kept on file.

All VSQG Users are required to submit a “Waste Requested for Disposal Inventory Form” prior to scheduling each appointment. Waste items not included on the form or unknown materials/products will not be accepted by HHM staff until properly approved.

Additional documentation including Safety Data Sheets, copies of product labels and photographs may also be included with the completed form.  This information may provide clarification and could expedite the process.

Completed forms and any additional documentation may be submitted using one of the following methods:

E-mail to: [email protected] or fax to: (608)793-6512 or mail to:  La Crosse County Household Hazardous Materials Program, 3202 Berlin Drive, La Crosse WI 54601.


Once the forms and any additional documentation have been submitted, your information will be reviewed.  Upon approval, HHM staff will contact you to schedule an appointment.


Please see the following forms for more information:


Waste Inventory Form (pdf)

VSQG packet (pdf)

Safe Handling and Transportation of Hazardous Waste VSQG (pdf)

Light Bulb Instructions (pdf)


Through the Wisconsin DATCP Clean Sweep Program the La Crosse County Household Hazardous Materials Facility is able to accept up to 200 lbs of qualifying farm/agricultural chemicals from La Crosse County Farmers at no charge.  Amounts over 200 lbs can also be accepted but will be charged at our regular VSQG Business Rates.  Acceptable farm chemicals include:






Farms should follow the same procedure for registration, submitting an inventory of materials and scheduling an appointment listed above for Businesses and Organizations.  Call us at 608-785-9999 with any questions about the Agriculture Chemical Clean Sweep Program.


Out of County Farms may use our facility but will be charged VSQG Rates for all materials.  Out of County Farms should follow the same procedure for registration, submitting an inventory of materials and scheduling an appointment listed above for Businesses and Organizations.



·         Paint products ( oil-based paint, latex paint, wood preservative, varnish and stain)

·         Aerosol cans (with material still in them)

·         Oil, gasoline, and other automobile fluids (see information below on properly transporting used oil or gas)

·         Fluorescent light bulbs, ballasts and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs)

·         Rechargeable batteries and lithium batteries

·         Lawn and garden chemicals (pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides)

·         Sharps (needles and lancets, see information below on acceptable containers for sharps)

·         Pool and spa chemicals

·         Automotive products (antifreeze, brake fluid, motor oil, oil filters, gasoline, polish and wax)

·         Electronics (See the next section for details on fees for electronics)

Unacceptable:  We do our best to accept as much household hazardous waste as possible, however there are some things that we cannot accept.

·         Explosives, ammunition, black powder

·         Radioactive wastes

·         Medications that are listed as controlled substances

·         Compressed gas cylinders (other than propane)

·         Shock sensitive materials (picric acid)

Materials to place in your curbside trash or recycling:

·         Aerosol cans, empty (recycling)

·         Batteries, alkaline (trash)

·         Cosmetics (trash)

·         Empty containers (recycling)

·         Fertilizer without pesticide (trash)

·         Paint cans, empty (recycling)

·         Paint, latex, dried out (trash)

For a detailed list of materials you can bring see: Trifold brochure (pdf)


Some electronics are banned from landfilling or incineration in Wisconsin and must be recycled.  For a list of materials banned from landfilling and incineration in Wisconsin see: http://dnr.wi.gov/files/PDF/pubs/wa/wa1574.pdf

E-Waste and small appliances accepted at HHM:


·         TV’s  $

·         Computer Monitors  $

·         Microwaves  $

·         Small Freon containing appliances (dorm size refrigerators, window air conditioning units, dehumidifiers)  $

·         Stereo receivers, radios, telephones, CB and ham radios  $

·         Small countertop appliances (coffee makers, toasters, paper shredders, fans, etc)  $

·         Any devices that plug into a TV (VCR, DVD player, gaming consoles, cable tv receiver, etc.)

·         Desktop computers, laptops and tablets

·         Computer accessories that connect to a computer (keyboards, mice, scanners, printers, external hard drives, circuit boards etc.)

·         Fax machines and copiers

·         iPods, cell phones and digital cameras

$  Fee Applies – Household User Price List pdf

TV’s and other electronics that have been salvaged or disassembled will be charged a fee per pound

Fluorescent Bulbs, Fixtures and Ballasts

Fluorescent bulbs, including compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), contain mercury. The HHM strongly discourages disposal of these materials in the regular trash and accepts intact bulbs at the facility. Additionally, HHM now charges a fee for all ultraviolet lamps (i.e. tanning bed or black lamps).

Some fluorescent light fixtures have ballasts which may be hazardous (contain PCBs). For this reason, the La Crosse County Household Hazardous Materials (HHM) facility does accept ballasts. However, all ballasts need to be removed from fluorescent light fixtures before they are brought to the HHM facility. Effective January 1, 2017 – HHM will accept only the ballasts and not the entire light fixture. Please see the figure below:


The La Crosse County Household Hazardous Materials Program can accept the following over-the-counter and prescription medications:


·         Prescription medications (Non-controlled only)

·         Over-the-counter medications

·         Pet medications

·         Ointments and lotions

·         Inhalers

Medications must be in their original container with the name of the medication clearly visible.  Loose pills will not be accepted.

Additional medication drop boxes are located at many law enforcement and pharmacy locations and can be found on the Wisconsin Dose of Reality website


Household generated “Sharps” including needles, syringes, and lancets are accepted at the La Crosse County HHM Facility free of charge from La Crosse County Residents who treat themselves for medical conditions such as diabetes.

Sharps must be brought to HHM in approved containers.  The only

acceptable containers are:

The La Crosse County Household Hazardous Materials Program can accept the following sharps:

·         Needles

·         Syringes

·         Auto-injectors (EpiPens)

Sharps must be transported in sealed, puncture-resistant containers. Container options include a standard red sharps container or a thick plastic laundry detergent bottle with a screw on cap. All containers must be labeled with the word “SHARPS”

Additional sharps collection sites can be found on the Alliance to HEAL website.


Used oil should be brought to HHM in containers designed for the storage and transportation of oil.  Containers should be 5 gallon capacity or less.  Approved containers in good conditionwill be emptied and returned to the customer.  5 gallon pails or buckets, containers previously containing other chemicals, ice cream pails or beverage containers are not approved containers and will not be returned to the customer.

Gasoline should be brought to HHM in safety gas cans

5 gallon capacity or less.  Gas cans in good condition will be emptied and returned to the customer.


The best way to deal with household hazardous materials is to avoid creating it.  The following tips can help you do just that.

  • Purchase less.  Buy only what you need, even if a larger container offers a price discount.

  • Use it up.  Use up all of the products you have on hand before you buy any more.  Most products do not expire.

  • Simplify.  Use multi-purpose cleaners rather than having a full collection of specialized cleaners.

  • Use safer alternatives.  Buy less toxic alternatives.  Avoid products with the words “poison” or “danger” on the label.

Follow these links to learn about safer alternatives.


Non Toxic Cleaning Recipes (pdf)


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