2016 Spring Electronics Recycling and Household Hazardous Material Disposal Drop-off Event for Black Hawk County Residents

The Black Hawk County Solid Waste Management Commission will be partnering with the City of Waterloo to sponsor the Spring Electronics Recycling and Household Hazardous Materials Disposal Drop-off Event. This event is open to all Black Hawk County residents to recycle old electric and electronic devices (certain fees apply), as well as dispose of toxic substances from their homes and garages. No business waste will be accepted (see below for details).

The Waste Trac Education Team is looking for 50 volunteers to assist residents at this drop-off event. From directing traffic and surveying participants to unloading chemicals and electronic items from participants' vehicles, volunteers make this event possible! During a similar event last Fall (in Cedar Falls), 50 volunteers unloaded almost 65,000 pounds (117 pallets worth!) of electronics from 912 vehicles during the 5 hour event! Learn more about volunteering for this event.

Saturday, April 9th from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Waterloo Waste Water Treatment Plant located at 3505 Easton Avenue in Waterloo. On the day of the event, please follow the signs from the intersection of Highway 218 and Mitchell Avenue to the drop-off site.**For safety reasons, you must stay in your vehicle. Event volunteers will unload your items for you.**

NOTICE:  Due to a City of Waterloo Ordinance, ALL LOADS brought to the Household Hazardous Materials and Electronics Recycling Drop-off shall be covered 100%, be tied down and be fully secured in all areas. This shall be required at the load’s point of origin and will include any and all materials being brought to this event.

Electronic Drop-off Details:
• Black Hawk County Residents are invited to bring old electric or electronic items from their homes.
• 2 Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs) are accepted free of charge per household/vehicle. Each additional CRT is $5.
• CRTs can be found in old NON-flat screen TV sets and older NON-flat screen styles of computer monitors.
• All other electric and electronic devices (including flat screen TVs/computers) are accepted free of charge.
• All computer hard drives will be shredded and all devices will be safely recycled through Midwest Electronic Recovery in Walford, Iowa.
• Click here for more details and a list of devices that will/will not be accepted.
• No appliances (microwaves, dehumidifiers, washers, dryers, refrigerators, freezers, stoves, etc).
• No business waste will be accepted. Please contact Midwest Electronic Recovery.
• Exact CASH only. Bills larger than $20 will NOT be accepted.

Examples of electric/electronic devices that residents CAN bring to the drop-off:
2 CRTs per household/vehicle at no charge ($5 each for each additional CRT) including: NON-flat screen computer moniters and NON-flat screen television sets
Unlimited quantities at no charge: flat screen computer monitors, flat screen televisions, computer towers, hard drives (will be shredded), laptops, keyboards, mice, routers, desktop copiers, printers, fax machines, cables, ink cartridges, cell phones, home phones, video game systems, DVD/VCR players, handheld electronics, radios, stereos, cassette players, record players, curling irons, hair dryers, countertop kitchen appliances (toasters, mixers, blenders, can openers, toaster ovens, etc), and other non-appliance home items (vacuums, fans (all styles), lamps, treadmills, humidifiers, electric space heaters, holiday lights, electric pipe organs/keyboards, cable/satelite equipment, etc)

Household Hazardous Materials Drop-off Details:
• Bring household toxic materials for free and safe disposal
• The drop-off is open to all Black Hawk County Residents (for residential hazardous waste only)
• All materials will be safely disposed or recycled through Clean Harbors.
• Click here for more details and a list of materials that will/will not be accepted.
• No paint, used oil, antifreeze, or appliances.
• No waste from businesses, churches, or schools.

Examples of toxic materials that residents CAN bring to the drop-off:
Home items such as: clogged aerosol cans (including aerosol spray paint), **batteries (all varieties - except alkaline), fluorescent light bulbs (compact and tube) and ballasts (no fixtures), mercury (including switches and thermometers), moth balls, furniture/metal polish, wallpaper remover, floor care products, and various types of toxic cleaners.
Lawn and Garden products such as: brush killer, liquid fertilizers, insect spray, rat/mouse/gopher poison, and fungicides.
Garage and Workshop items such as: pool chemicals, lead acid batteries (car, truck, mower, motorcycle, etc), concrete cleaner, acids and bases, auto cleaners, varnish, shellac, stain, car wax, brake fliud, driveway sealer, adhesives, epoxy, glues, flammables (gasoline, kerosene, and lighter fluid), roofing tar, and propane tanks.

What residents CAN NOT bring to the drop-off event:
• Appliances (microwaves, dehumidifiers, air conditioners, washers, refrigerators, stoves, etc) - Check with your city waste department or contact the Cedar Falls Transfer Station or the Black Hawk County Landfill.
Paint - Thoroughly dry and then place with your weekly garbage service
• **Alkaline batteries (Single use AAA, AA, 9-volt, etc) - Please use your weekly garbage service.
Motor oil and filters - Contact your local service station, auto dealer, auto parts store, or the Cedar Falls Transfer Station.
• Antifreeze - Contact your local service station, auto dealer/parts store, or the Cedar Falls Transfer Station.
• Ammunition - Contact the Black Hawk County Sherrif's Office or your local police department.
• Fire extinguishers - Contact the Waterloo Hazmat Center or a local scrap metal company. Call ahead for instructions.
• Radioactive materials (smoke detectors) - Contact the manufacturer for mail back instructions.
• Asbestos - Contact the Black Hawk County Solid Waste Management Administrator at (319)234-8115.
• Tires - Contact your local service station, the Cedar Falls Transfer Station, or the Black Hawk County Landfill for recycling fee information (based on the type of tire).
• Non-hazardous waste - please use your weekly garbage service.
• Business, chruch, or school waste (of any type) - Please ontact the Waste Trac Education Team for a list of vendors that work with local businesses.

Information Downloads:
Event Flyer - download PDF
List of accepted items - download PDF
Volunteer details - download PDF

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