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Recycle hazardous household items in Black Hawk Co. Saturday

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BLACK HAWK COUNTY (KWWL) - This Saturday, approximately 50 volunteers will be helping Black Hawk County residents reduce some clutter by disposing of unwanted items.

On Sept. 27, the Black Hawk County Solid Waste Management is partnering with Cedar Falls to sponsor a hazardous material and electronics recycling event.

It will be from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Cedar Falls Public Works Complex, located at 1500 Bluff St.

All items brought should be covered or contained in the vehicle and charges may apply.

At the event last spring in Waterloo, volunteers assisted 943 vehicles and filled 134 pallets with unwanted electronics.

The Black Hawk County Solid Waste Management Commission will be accepting toxic materials from county residents' 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 complete list of items that will and will not be accepted at the event can be found at

The 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 and give older TVs and computer monitors that bump in the back.

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). Residents are asked to bring exact cash only.

Bills larger than $20 will not be accepted. Electronics and electrical items such as vacuums, keyboards, VCR/DVD players, radios, stereos, strands of Christmas lights, humidifiers, and much more will be recycled at no cost.

All hard drives will be shredded. The following items will not be accepted at the event:paint, appliances (including microwaves, stoves, dehumidifiers, washers, dryers, refrigerators, etc.), tires, motor oil, antifreeze, ammunition, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, asbestos, radioactive materials, or non-hazardous waste.

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.

For paint-drying tips and a list of automotive fluid recyclers, please call the WasteTracEducation Team (266-8722).
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