What do I do with


FAQsFrequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The Black Hawk County Solid Waste Management Commission has compiled a list of questions that our educators field on a regular basis. If you have questions about a topic or an item not listed in our FAQs, please contact our Waste Trac Education Team at at 319-266-8722 or via e-mail.


My recycling/trash didn’t get picked up today. Who should I call?

I need to rent a dumpster for my home? Who should I call?

I need to rent a dumpster for my business? Who should I call?

Why do I need to have my items tarped when I bring them to the landfill?

How do I schedule a program or landfill tour for my group?

I am trying to use less hazardous chemicals in my home. Do you have any suggestions about alternative cleaners?

How can I help my business reduce the amount of waste generated?

Is it easy to compost at home?

Is there a service that will pick up food waste from my business? Can we donate edible food that we do not need?

I am planning an event and would like to have recycling available to collect bottles and cans. What should I do?


What do I do with….?

Air conditioners

Aluminum cans (deposit beverage containers)

Antifreeze and automotive fluids

Appliances (including microwaves, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, water heaters, refrigerators, etc.)

Asbestos containing materials (such as flooring, ceiling, and roofing tiles)

Asphalt shingles


Bubble Wrap and air pillow packaging

Building materials (including usable flooring, cabinets, fixtures, toilets, faucets, light fixtures, doors, windows, etc.)

Computers, copy machines, ink cartridges, and computer accessories from businesses

Computers, ink cartridges, printers, and computer accessories from homes

Concrete, bricks, cinder blocks, rubble, and sand

Cooking oil (vegetable oil) and grease from businesses

Cooking oil (vegetable oil) and grease from homes


Electric and battery operated items from businesses

Electric and battery operated items from homes (including lamps, treadmills, curling irons, toasters, humidifiers, electric space heaters, and more)

Fluorescent bulbs (tube and compact styles) and ballasts from businesses

Fluorescent bulbs (tube and compact styles) and ballasts from homes

Food waste from businesses

Food waste from homes

Glass (brown, green, blue, and clear)

Grease from businesses

Hazardous materials and chemicals from businesses

Hazardous materials and chemicals from households (including a wide variety of toxic materials from your home, garden, garage, and workshop)

Lead acid (automotive) batteries

Medical sharps disposal from businesses

Medication & medical sharps from homes

Medicine bottles (empty) and lids

Mercury thermometers


Motor oil, oil filters, and automotive fluids


Phone books


Plastic bottles (deposit beverage containers)

Plastic containers from motor oil, antifreeze, and other chemicals (empty)

Plastic (grocery) shopping bags

Plastic pill bottles and lids

Propane tanks

Scrap metal

Special wastes from my business (sludges, contaminated soils, asbestos containing items, etc.)


Televisions and other electronics from businesses

Televisions, DVD/VCR players, radios, and other personal electronics from homes

Tires from businesses

Tires from homes

Toilets, sinks, cabinets and other items home remodel projects


Water heaters

Yard waste (grass clippings, leaves, sticks, etc.)


Have an item that you don’t see on this FAQs list?

Chances are that Earth911.com has an article with suggestions for that type of item. There is also an easy “search by zip code” feature to find nearby locations that may accept your material.

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