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Posted on: August 26, 2019

Residential Electronics Recycling & Household Hazardous Materials Drop-off

Sept 21: Household Hazardous Waste & Electronics Drop-off Event 

The Black Hawk County Solid Waste Management Commission is partnering with the City of Cedar Falls to sponsor a household hazardous waste (HHW) and electronics drop-off event. Black Hawk County residents can properly dispose of cleaning supplies, lawn and garden chemicals, LED and fluorescent bulbs, and related materials and electronic items. The event will be held on Saturday, September 21st (rain or shine) from 9 am to 2 pm at the City of Cedar Falls Public Works Complex, 2200 Technology Parkway. Businesses are not permitted to participate. Fees may apply. Volunteers will unload your items for you.

Acceptable Items Include:  

  • Household cleaners, mercury thermometers, LED/fluorescent bulbs, etc.
  • Liquid lawn and garden products including fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides
  • Automotive batteries and chemicals such as engine cleaners, brake fluid, waxes, etc.
  • Hobby products including stains, varnishes, paint removers, adhesives, etc.
  • Propane tanks and other flammables
  • Electric items like vacuums, holiday lights, power tools, humidifiers, lamps, etc.
  • Flat panel TVs/computer monitors and other audio-visual equipment including stereos, VCR’s, DVD players, game systems and speakers
  • Computer equipment including towers, laptops, tablets and other handheld devices.  All hard drives will be shredded after the event.
  • Each vehicle may bring two Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) containing devices for free; additional CRTs are $5 each (with no limit). Please bring exact cash only. Bills larger than $20 will not be accepted. CRTs are TVs/computer monitors with a big bump in the back.

Not Accepted:

  • Paint
  • Laundry detergents, soaps, cosmetics, and medications
  • Automotive oils, oil filters, and antifreeze
  • Grills, lawn mowers, tires, furniture, or non-hazardous waste
  • Fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, radioactive materials, asbestos, or ammunition
  • Any container larger than 5 gallons (no drums)
  • Appliances (including microwaves, dehumidifiers, air conditioners, water heaters, refrigerators, etc.)
  • Items from schools, businesses, farms, non-profits, or governmental entities

Tips for managing these materials (and more) can be found at https://wastetrac.org/FAQs/

Residents interested in participating should visit https://wastetrac.org/fall-drop-off-event/ to view the list of accepted items or call the Waste Trac Education Team at 319-266-8722 before September 19th. You can also add this event to your Facebook Calendar at https://www.facebook.com/events/2295045677410439/ .

The previous event had 854 participants resulting in the collection of over 75,000 pounds of electronics for recycling. The next event will be held in Waterloo in the spring of 2020. Visit https://wastetrac.org/spring-drop-off-event/ for more details as the event approaches.

Volunteers Needed:

To make these community drop-off events possible, approximately 60 volunteers (age 18+) are needed during each event to assist with directing traffic, surveying participants and unloading items. Two volunteer shifts are available: from 7:45 AM - 2:00 PM or from 7:45 AM - 12:15 PM. Groups and individuals interested in volunteering should contact Tammy Turner at 266-8722 or by email at tturner@co.black-hawk.ia.us . More details can be found at https://wastetrac.org/volunteer/ .

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