The Black Hawk County Solid Waste Management Commission will be partnering with the City of Cedar Falls to provide a toxic materials and electronics recycling drop-off for all Black Hawk County households. Please note: this event will be held (rain or shine) at the Cedar Falls Public Works Complex (2200 Technology Parkway, Cedar Falls). *Some fees may apply for certain electronics. No paint, motor oil, antifreeze, appliances, or business waste of any type will be accepted. View the list of accepted items at https://wastetrac.org/fall-drop-off-event/ and contact the Waste Trac Education Team with questions before September 19th.
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.
- 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/
Approximately 60 volunteers will be assisting with this 5 hour event. From directing traffic and surveying participants to unloading chemicals and electronic items from participants' vehicles, volunteers make this event possible! Groups and individuals interested in volunteering should contact Tammy Turner at 266-TRAC (8722) or by email at email@example.com. Volunteer details can be found at https://wastetrac.org/volunteer/.
During a similar event last spring (in Waterloo), volunteers unloaded 37 tons (+75,000 pounds) of electronics from 854 vehicles during the 5 hour event!