The Clean Sweep held May 3 and 4 collected more than eight tons of hazardous chemical waste from households, farms and businesses.

About 140 households throughout Fond du Lac County contributed potentially dangerous items in three locations: Brandon, Campbellsport and the County Fairgrounds.

They filled 86 steel drums (which hold 55 gallons apiece). In Brandon alone, the chemical waste filled 15 drums.

According to the University of Wisconsin-Extension office, which held the event, the most common items from households were aerosols, flammable paints, fuels and batteries, which came to more than three tons. Pesticides and poisons, again just from households, amounted to 3,500 pounds.

As usual, residents brought in smaller amounts of dioxins (29 pounds) and mercury (14 pounds).

Any of these chemicals could have caused negative environmental and health impacts had they been placed in the usual garbage, burned in a burn barrel or ingested by a child.

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