LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Anyone from La Crosse County with unwanted ammunition can dispose of it properly on Saturday.
La Crosse County holds the ammunition collection event at their Hazardous Materials Facility at 3202 Berlin Drive in La Crosse on October 24 from 8 a.m. until noon. It is by the La Crosse County landfill off of Highway 16.
The drive-through event is open to La Crosse County residents only. People are asked to remain in their vehicles when they drive up for contactless assistance. Technicians will take the ammunition when vehicles pull up one at a time underneath the facility's canopy.
Disposing of the first five pounds of ammuntion is free and $5 per pound after that.
They are accepting only factory rounds of .50 caliber and 8-gauge or less. No black powder, military munitions, fireworks, or explosives are accepted. No other waste materials are accepted during the event.
The county said on their Solid Waste webpage that all of the ammunition collected goes to a licensed hazardous waste facility where it will be incinerated. La Crosse County Solid Waste Operations Manager Scott Szymanski said the Utah facility where the ammunition will go once it's collected, is one of several secured, regulated facilities around the county equipped to handle hazardous waste including ammunition. He called the disposal process highly safe.
Szymanski said this is the first time the county has done a collection of old or unused ammunition. He told WXOW that they're trying to gauge the need to offer a service like this in the future.