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Thousands of electronics to be recycled after drop-off event

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

The Black Hawk County Solid Waste Management Commission held an electronics recycling drop-off event Saturday.

Hundreds of Black Hawk County residents dropped off old electronics at the Waterloo Waste Water Treatment Plant during the five-hour event.

Organizers said there were 60 volunteers who helped unload 793 vehicles.

"We actually have more volunteers today than we've ever had, and I'm certainly glad they're here," said Administrator for the Black Hawk County Solid Waste Management Commission Brett Vette.

Brian Werkmeister was one of those volunteers.

It was his son's 8th birthday, but he spent the majority of the day volunteering for a cause he felt was worthy.

"The fact that we can take care of all this and a lot of this will be recycled is good for everybody really in the long run," said Werkmeister.

Vette said Saturday's event was a good opportunity for people to get rid of electronics and household materials that should not be disposed of in the landfill.

"We feel it's something that we need to do to help people have an outlet for this material, and so we do foot the bill," said Vette.

He said 131 pallets of electronics will be transported and recycled at Midwest Electronics Recovery in Walford, Iowa.

Vette said the bill for recycling electronics was expected to be around $5,000.

Disposal of household hazardous materials was also available for Black Hawk County residents. According to Vette, that bill was expected to be between $18,000 - $22,000.

Vette said another drop-off event is scheduled for August in Cedar Falls.

More information on upcoming events can be found at WasteTrac.org.

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