The Black Hawk County Solid Waste Management Commission will be partnering with the City of Waterloo to sponsor an electronics recycling event and household hazardous materials drop-off event. 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 12th from 9 AM until 2 PM at the Waterloo Waste Water Treatment Plant (3505 Easton Ave., Waterloo).

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.

The Black Hawk County Solid Waste Management Commission will also 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! All hard drives will be shredded by Midwest Electronics Recovery. Each vehicle/household bringing items to 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, bathroom, home office, and kitchen 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 or call the Wste Trac office. Residents are asked to bring exact cash only. Bills larger than $20 will not be accepted. Appliances (such as microwaves, stoves, dehumidifiers, washers, dryers, refrigerators) WILL NOT be accepted at the event.

The following items WILL NOT be accepted at the event: paint, appliances, tires, motor oil, antifreeze, ammunition, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, asbestos, radioactive materials, or non-hazardous waste.

REMINDER: Electronics waste and hazardous materials from businesses will not be accepted. A complete list of items that will and will not be accepted at the event can be found at WasteTrac.org.