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Electronics Recycling & Household Toxins Drop-off

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Hey All – just wanted to share this event with you.  A great opportunity for those living in the area.

See you in the gardens,



The Black Hawk County Solid Waste Management Commission will be partnering with the City of Waterloo to sponsor an electronics recycling, household hazardous materials drop-off event and truckload sale of compost bins and rain barrels.  ALL Black Hawk County residents are welcome to bring approved household toxic materials and electronics (fees may apply).  The drop-off will be held on Saturday, April 14th from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM at the Waterloo Waste Water Treatment Plant (3505 Easton Ave., Waterloo).   All materials brought to the event shall be covered 100%, be tied down and be fully secured in all areas (City of Waterloo Ordinance).

The Black Hawk County Solid Waste Management Commission will be accepting toxic materials from county resident homes for free at the drop-off event. Items such as lawn chemicals, rechargeable batteries, fluorescent light bulbs (compact and tube), propane tanks, old gasoline, mercury thermometers, and much more will be accepted for safe disposal. A list of accepted items can be found at WasteTrac.org or call 266-8722.

New to the spring event this year, the Black Hawk County Solid Waste Management Commission will be sponsoring an Electronics Recycling Drop-off.  Electronics fall into two categories, electronics with CRTs (Cathode Ray Tubes) and electronics without.  CRTs are within older TV sets and older styles of computer monitors. Although not banned from Iowa landfills, electronics with CRTs contain trace amounts of phosphorus, cadmium and 6-8 pounds of lead.  The CRT appears in the unit as a funnel-shaped leaded glass tube with a metal frame inside.  This shape gives older TV’s and computer monitors that bump in the back!  Each vehicle arriving at the event can recycle two CRT (non flat-screen) monitors/televisions for free.  Additional CRTs, are $5 each (with no limit). 

Electronics and electrical items from the kitchen, bathroom, and home office will also be accepted.  Items such as vacuums, keyboards, VCR/DVD players, radios, stereos and much more will be recycled.  Please refer to the complete recycling list online.  Residents are asked to bring exact cash only.  Bills larger than $20 will not be accepted. Electronics waste from businesses will not be accepted.

Unfortunately, no paint, appliances, tires, motor oil, antifreeze, ammunition, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, asbestos, radioactive materials, non-hazardous waste, or business waste of any kind will be accepted during the event. Please call the Waste Trac Education Team (266-8722) for tips on managing these items.

During the drop-off event, the Black Hawk County Solid Waste Management Commission is also subsidizing a truckload sale of backyard compost bins and rain barrels at the same location.  The one-day sale will run from 9:00AM – 3:00PM on a first come, first served basis.  Earth Machine backyard compost bins will be available for $42 and Systern rain barrels (55 gallon) will be sold for $52.  The sale of compost bins and rain barrels is open to all Iowa residents.

For more information about the April 14th event, please visit WasteTrac.org or call the Waste Trac Education Team for the Black Hawk Co. Solid Waste Management Commission at 266-8722.


Written by cedarvalleyarboretum

April 3, 2012 at 10:39 pm

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