The Black Hawk County Solid Waste Management Commission is partnering with the City of Cedar Falls to sponsor an electronics recycling and household hazardous materials drop-off event. All Black Hawk County residents are welcome to bring approved household toxic materials and electronics. The drop-off will be held on Saturday, August 24 from 9 AM – 2 PM at the Cedar Falls Public Works Complex (1500 Bluff Street). Follow the signs from the corner of Main Street and East 14th Street to the drop-off site. The City of Cedar Falls Ordinance states all materials brought to the event shall be “contained in a covered vehicle or otherwise secured… so that the material does not fall off or blow out of the vehicle.”

Approximately 40 volunteers will assist with unloading items, directing traffic, surveying participants, and making this event run as efficiently as possible.

This five hour drop-off event is a great opportunity for all Black Hawk County residents to get rid of toxic materials in their homes and garages and to keep these things from entering the Black Hawk County Landfill. Chemicals, fluorescent light bulbs, many types of batteries, propane tanks, and other hazardous materials can be dropped off FREE for safe disposal.

Electronics and electrical items from the kitchen, bathroom, and home office will also be accepted. Fees apply for older computer monitors and TVs, which contain a Cathode Ray Tube (CRT). During the drop-off event, two CRTs will be accepted per household/vehicle at no charge. Each additional CRT will cost $5.00.

Residents are asked to bring exact cash only. Bills larger than $20 will not be accepted. A large assortment of other plug-in devices such as lamps, vacuums, treadmills, toasters, cell phones, flat screen TVs/monitors, and much more will be accepted for recycling at no charge. All hard drives will be shredded.

The following items will not be accepted at the event: paint, appliances (such as microwaves, air conditioners, stoves, dehumidifiers, washers, dryers, refrigerators, water heaters, etc.), tires, motor oil, antifreeze, alkaline batteries, ammunition, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, asbestos, radioactive materials (smoke detectors), or non-hazardous waste. REMINDER: Electronics waste and hazardous materials from businesses will not be accepted. To dispose of appliances or large bulk items, please call your city public works office or neighborhood association.

Visit WasteTrac.org for more information about items accepted at the event. For paint drying tips and a list of automotive fluid recyclers, please call 319-266-8722.