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Posted on: August 17, 2021

2021 Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collection Event

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The Black Hawk County Solid Waste Management Commission (BHCSWMC) is collaborating with the City of Cedar Falls, City of Waterloo, and other community members to hold a Household Hazardous and Electronic Waste Collection Event from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on September 18, 2021, at the City of Cedar Falls Public Works Complex, 2200 Technology Parkway Cedar Falls. This event is for residents of Black Hawk County. No farm, business, or non-profit waste will be accepted.

This event is for the collection of household hazardous wastes (HHW) to prevent contamination of water sources and child poisoning. HHW includes items such as household cleaners, solvents, paint removers, herbicides, pesticides, pool chemicals, gasoline, oil-based wood coatings, adhesives, epoxies, and glue. All hazardous waste items must be in sealed containers smaller than five gallons. All materials collected will be recycled, used for energy and/or disposed of properly.   

In addition to HHW, computers, computer monitors and equipment, televisions, handheld electronics, audiovisual equipment, countertop kitchen gadgets, and other items with a cord or battery may be accepted for recycling. Residents are allowed two cathode ray tube (CRT) televisions and monitors per vehicle at no charge. Additional CRT’s are $5.00 each.  

Paint, laundry detergents, soaps, cosmetics, motor oil, antifreeze, tires, appliances, and general waste is not accepted at this event. For a complete list of materials accepted and not accepted, please visit https://wastetrac.org/ or the Waste Trac Education Team Facebook page for updates. 

 If you have questions, please contact the Waste Trac Education Team by calling 319-210-8860.

Volunteer Information

Sixty volunteers (age 18+) are needed for this community event. Volunteers assist with directing traffic, shrink-wrapping, traffic safety/surveying, and unloading household chemicals and electronics from vehicles. Community groups and businesses are encouraged to sign up to help, whether it be part of a sports team, civic or collegiate club, corporate team, church group, etc. Individuals or those needing to fulfill community service may sign up as well. There are two volunteer shifts to choose from 7:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (entire event) OR 7:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (morning shift).  Organizations that commit to providing a team of five or more by August 31 will be recognized through event promotion materials and a post with your logo at the event.  

700-900 vehicles from Black Hawk County are expected to participate in the drop-off event, bringing a wide assortment of household chemicals and electronics. Consider joining this group of fantastic volunteers!

If you are interested in volunteering on September 18, please call the Waste Trac Education Team at (319) 234-8115 or email educator@wastetrac.org. Additional information may be found at https://wastetrac.org/volunteer/. Volunteer registration deadline is 4:00 PM on Friday, September 10, so adequate food and safety supplies can be prepared.

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