Town of Washburn

The Bay Area Solid Waste District (BASWD) is a very successful enterprise. It sustains itself by selling specially marked plastic bags for the waste materials and an annual grant from the state. There is no charge for depositing waste paper and cardboard.

The site is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day the site is also open each Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. In the spring and again in the fall, a special “Dumpster Day” is held for larger items with the exception of hazardous materials. Pricing is estimated according to pickup loads.

Information about prices
can be received by calling 685-9792

Location

29025 E Ondossagon Rd, Ashland,WI

Formation of the Bay Area Solid Waste District (BASWD)

As the open landfills for refuse were banned, communities had to seek alternative ways of disposing their garbage and rubbish. In November of 1989 a formative meeting was held by the chairmen of the Towns of Bayview, Eileen, Barksdale, Washburn and Pilsen to meet the needs of their communities in lieu of their open landfill practices. Fred Janz of the Town of Barksdale chaired this and subsequent meetings from which the Bay Area Solid Waste District was organized. Each town was assessed a percentage of $30,000 based upon the respective town’s valuation for the purpose of construction at the new waste site and for purchasing a waste compactor. Land at the Town of Barksdale became the site for the B.A.S.W.D. Cement slabs were poured and an office/storage building was erected. The new site was modeled after the one in Boulder Junction, WI which the chairmen had previously visited. Soon it became apparent that a second compactor and a container for recyclables were needed to keep up with the demand for storage space. Later on a container for paper and cardboard was also added on the site. Contracts were signed with the Chequamegon Waste Service of Ashland to empty the containers.