Monroe County Solid Waste (Landfill)

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THE LANDFILL:  Is open 7:00 am to 3:30 pm to permitted haulers and contractors only on weekdays. This landfill is open by agreement between Monroe County and the Town of Ridgeville. For citizen disposal of large quantities or large items, please contact the appropriate Town or Village Clerk for the Town or Village’s disposal site hours. Click Here for Municipalities and Township listing, or contact your municipality’s contracted garbage hauler for options.  Another option is to seek a roll-off contractor of your choice. There are public drop off options in Tomah and Sparta for construction and large items for a fee, and several options for free appliance disposal within Monroe County.

PERMITS: Haulers and Contractors, please read the Permit and Landfill documents below for information on setting up an account with Monroe County Solid Waste.  We must have signed permits before receiving waste.


HOW TO DISPOSE OF TIRES/ELECTRONICS/TVs:    The last full week of the month, Monday through Thursday, 8 am – 2 pm, we do accept banned-from-landfill items such as: tires (10 cents per pound/$200.00 per ton), larger electronics (printers/vcrs and all televisions for a fee ($10.00 each, small electronics and peripherals such as key boards, boom boxes and speakers are free) at our Monroe County’s Ridgeville township landfill office.  There are also other options available for electronics disposal in our region on a daily basis for fees. See a partial list below.

HOW TO DISPOSE OF HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS  MATERIALS:   ‘SPRING CLEAN SWEEP’  2017 will be held Saturday April 29  8:00 am-2:00 pm.  Monroe County engages in a  hazardous waste collection day twice per year. Monroe County citizens can bring in unwanted ‘household and small farm quantity hazardous materials’ such as pesticides, oils, filters, paints, household and garage type cleaners, controlled and uncontrolled prescription medications and sharps.  We also accept at this time fluorescent lighting, CFL bulbs, HID lamps, all types of batteries etc.  We plan to hold a second FALL CLEAN SWEEP the first Saturday of October 2017.

IF YOU MISS THE  SPRING/FALL SCHEDULED CLEAN SWEEP and need to dispose of materials asap, La Crosse County has a Household Hazardous Materials Facility, however fees may be imposed. It’s facility is open year-round with specific public/business hours throughout the week and also the first and third Saturday of each month for citizen delivered items. FEES MAY APPLY.  Call 608-785-9999 for dates, times and out-of-county fees.   Click Here for La Crosse County forms

SMALL BUSINESS HAZARDOUS MATERIALS:  BY APPOINTMENT ONLY  APRIL 29, 2017  Very Small Quantity Generators (VSQG’s) farms, and small businesses, must provide a waste manifest of items brought to every Clean Sweep.  We require a minimum one week advance notification to our department prior to delivery April 29 so our contractor has time to prepare for the quantities.  Contact our office at 608-269-8783 for 2017 rules.  Large quantities require a listing, or a Waste Manifest.  This will be an exact listing of everything on the load with no exceptions please. Prior knowledge of all quantities and compounds coming in is expected, and unknowns should also be listed with am approximate weight.

AGRICULTURAL PLASTICS:   The Monroe County Landfill will accept Ag plastics from farming operations at a drop off site FOR A FEE OF $49.00 ton effective 01/01/2016.   Please call for an appointment.  All loads must check in at the office for weigh-in before unloading. 


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PLEASE contact us to make this list complete!  If you know of a recycling source, please call us so we can help everyone to know their choices.

608-269-8783 Monroe County Landfill


FREE disposal of quantity of flattened cardboard boxes.  Please keep dry before delivery to:  Modern Disposal Systems  608-269-4300 Sparta, 608-372-7897 Tomah.

plastic sackFREE Recycling of Plastic Grocery Sacks, plastic wraps from water bottle cases, plastic ‘cases’ around toilet paper and paper toweling etc. Recycling during business hours: Kiosks available at WalMart, Gordy’s-Tomah, Hansen’s-Sparta.  Please help the environment by recycling your bags and heavier weight wrapping materials at one of these locations (05.26.16)

OIL and Oil filters:  O’Reilly Auto Part stores will take up to 5 filters and 5 gallons of oil per person per day for free at the Holmen, WI store, and up to 200 gallons of uncontaminated oil (no foreign materials such as gas and water). Call first for large quantities, Sparta WI store. 269-2441 (03.09.2017)

CFLFREE Recycling of CFL (Curly-style Fluorescent bulbs) during business hours  at stores in the region such as: Home Depot-Onalaska and Scholze Hardware-Tomah  (05.26.16)  DO NOT throw in garbage as they contain hazardous materials (mercury).broken cfl


BREAK A FLUORESCENT? and need to know how to properly clean up?  CFL’s have mercury vapor in them.  Learn how at:

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MEDICATIONS AND  SHARPS:        Monroe County Solid Waste Department has pharmaceutical collections twice per year, the last Saturday in April and the first Saturday in October (subject to change).  Bring needles/lancets in Sharps containers*, pills by prescription please leave medications in original bottles and use a permanent marker to remove your name and prescription number.  There is no charge for disposing of medications.  We cannot take medications at this location at any time other than our two designated collection days with an officer of the law overseeing the collection.  No exceptions.

Some labs at hospitals and clinics will take back sharps. Additionally some pharmacies in specific locations would take back sharps. Fees may be imposed.  Otherwise save until Clean Sweep, your opportunity twice per year for free.  Call labs/pharmacies first to check their policy.

*If not in a sharps container, clearly label a *heavy weight detergent bottle clearly marked as SHARPS and seal well with tape.

medboxFREE MEDICATION DROP OFF: Both the Sparta, WI and Tomah, WI Police Departments have locked boxes for dropping off unwanted controlled medications.  These containers are available year round.   There is no charge to you.

Alarming Statistics

  • Ninety percent of drug addictions start in the teenage years
  • One in six teens have used a prescription drug in order to get high
  • Two-thirds of teens who abuse pain relievers say they get them without a prescription from family members and friends