Hazardous/MEDICAL Waste

What is Hazardous?

Hazardous substances fall into the following categories: POISONOUS, FLAMMABLE, CORROSIVE or REACTIVE.

Most household products are not hazardous. It is when products are improperly used, stored or disposed of that they may become hazardous to human health and the environment. To prevent problems, follow product labels carefully.


Adams County holds a hazardous waste collection every year in partnership with a grant from the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Agency. The next collection is scheduled for June 4, 2022.

Waupaca County accepts out-of-county hazardous material May through October. Click here for more info.


  • Read the product label.

  • Watch for signal works; CAUTION, WARNING, or DANGER. U.S. Product Safety Commission requires the use of these words on products which are toxic in small amounts. Keep all of these products away from children.

  • Buy just enough product to do the job.

  • Look for a less or non-hazardous product to perform each job.

  • Recycle or use all products if possible.

  • Properly dispose of leftover products. SEE CHART ABOVE FOR DISPOSAL POTIONS

  • Keep leftover products in original containers.

  • Share unused products.

Do Not

  • Do not DUMP leftover products in the backyard or down the sink or storm sewer.

  • Do not BURN or BURY leftover products.

  • Do not REUSE pesticide of other chemical containers for other purposes.

  • Do not MIX chemical wastes.