By Terry Kovarik
Homeowners and farmers kept tons of household and agriculture chemicals out of landfills and groundwater with a quick trip to the Door County Highway Department in Sturgeon Bay. Operation Clean Sweep is held every two years to give people a chance to get rid of solvents, paints, fertilizers and other chemical wastes. The Clean Sweep costs county taxpayers $45-thousand dollars, not including help from grant monies. Highway Commissioner John Kolodziej says participants see it as a worthwhile investment.
Those like Jacksonport resort owner Elizabeth LeClair and Sturgeon Bay homeowner Michael Shaw say it provides a needed option to safely dispose of chemicals.
The Sturgeon Bay event drew just under 250 people. A similar Clean Sweep for residents in and around Sister Bay on Friday drew 124 people, which Kolodziej says is better than anticipated.