ELLSWORTH -- Clean out the shed, barn, garage and medicine cabinets because Pierce County is hosting the Fall Clean Sweep 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the recycling center.

Pierce County and Pepin County residents are welcome to dispose of unwanted medication, pesticides, fertilizers, solvents, fuels, cleaning agents, lead, oil and latex based paint free of cost. However, there may be a charge for large loads of hazardous waste. Containers labeled with the words warning, caution, danger, corrosive, toxic, flammable, hazardous and poison can be brought to the clean sweep.

“These events are specifically for chemicals and household and farm chemicals,” Pierce County Solid Waste Administrator Steve Melstrom said.

Individuals with unknown materials in quantities over five gallons should contact Pierce County Solid Waste/Recycling Office in advance to identify the material and determine if it is hazardous.

Pierce and Pepin County businesses can participate, but must preregister by Monday, Sept. 16, and pay a service fee.

“If you are a farm that has over 500 pounds, it’s always a good idea to pre-register as well,” Melstrom said.

The Recycling Center typically hoste two hazardous waste events a year. According to Melstrom, last spring’s event collected 17,727 pounds of hazardous waste.

The Pierce County Recycling Center is located at 707 North Maple St./Highway 65 in Ellsworth.

For more information, call 715-273-3092.