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Spring Drop-off Event

Twice per year, the Black Hawk County Solid Waste Management Commission subsidizes drop-off events for household hazardous waste disposal and electronics recycling. The Spring Event will be hosted at the City of Waterloo’s Waste Management Facility at 3502 Easton Ave, Waterloo. The Fall Drop-off Event is hosted at a City of Cedar Falls site.

BOTH events are open to ALL Black Hawk County residents by appointment, to get rid of approved items from their homes and garages. The proper disposal of household toxins and the recycling of all electric/electronic items collected during these events is paid for by the Black Hawk County Solid Waste Management Commission. However, some fees may apply for certain electronic items. Business hazardous waste and electronics from businesses are not accepted.

Black Hawk County residents are required to make an appointment to participate in this event. Registration opens April 12th, 2024.

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Spring Drop-off Event

Event will take place rain or shine!

When: Saturday, May 11th from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
(Event entrance gate will close promptly at 12:30 PM. Please plan to arrive accordingly to the appointment times to ensure your items will be accepted.)

Where: City of Waterloo Waste Management Facility
(Located at 3505 Easton Ave., Waterloo IA)
Follow the event signs from the corner of Highway 218 and E. Michael Ave. on the day of the event.

**For safety reasons, you must stay in your vehicle. Event volunteers will unload your items for you.**

Participants Can Register here

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NOTICE:  Due to a City of Waterloo Ordinance, ALL LOADS brought to the Household Hazardous Materials & Electronics Recycling Drop-off must be “contained in a covered vehicle or otherwise secured… so that the material does not fall off or blow out of the vehicle”. This shall be required at the load’s point of origin and will include any and all materials being brought to this event.

Volunteer are needed for this Drop-off Event

The Waste Trac Education Team is looking for approximately 50 volunteers to assist residents at this drop-off event. From directing traffic and surveying participants to unloading chemicals and electronic items from participants’ vehicles, volunteers make this event possible! Learn more about volunteering for this event.

During an average event, volunteers typically help unload more than 60,000 pounds of electronics – in addition to home chemicals, propane tanks, car batteries, and much more during the event!


Electronic Drop-off Details:

Spring drop-off volunteers wrap pallets of electronics for shipment to the e-waste recycler.

  • Black Hawk County Residents are invited to bring old electric or electronic items from their homes.
  • 2 Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs) are accepted free of charge per household/vehicle. Each additional CRT is $5. Exact CASH only. Bills larger than $20 will NOT be accepted.
  • CRTs can be found in old NON-flat screen TV sets (including console TVs) and older NON-flat screen styles of bulky desktop computer monitors.
  • All other electric and electronic devices (including flat screen TVs/computers) are accepted free of charge.
  • All computer hard drives will be shredded and all devices will be safely recycled through Midwest Electronic Recovery in Walford, Iowa.
  • No appliances (air conditioners, microwaves, dehumidifiers, washers, dryers, water softeners, refrigerators, light fixtures or ballasts, etc.).
  • No e-waste from businesses, churches, schools, farms, non-profits, or governmental entities.
  • Can’t make it to this event or don’t want to wait in line? Electronics can also be recycled at other locations in the Cedar Valley on a day-to-day basis.

Examples of electric/electronic devices that residents CAN bring to the Spring Drop-off:

  • 2 CRTs per household/vehicle at no charge ($5 each for each additional CRT) including: NON-flat screen computer monitors and NON-flat screen television sets (including console TVs)
  • Unlimited quantities at no charge: flat screen computer monitors, flat screen televisions, computer towers, hard drives (will be shredded), laptops, keyboards, mice, routers, desktop copiers, printers, fax machines, cables, ink cartridges, cell phones, home phones, video game systems, DVD/VCR players, handheld electronics, radios, stereos, cassette players, record players, curling irons, hair dryers, countertop kitchen appliances (toasters, mixers, blenders, can openers, toaster ovens, etc.), and other non-appliance home items: vacuums, fans (all styles), tabletop/floor lamps, treadmills, humidifiers, electric space heaters, holiday lights, electric keyboards, cable/satellite equipment, garage door openers (opener only – remove from metal track), etc.)
  • The event flier (at the bottom of this page) lists a wide variety of devices that will/will not be accepted.
  • These are some examples of accepted materials. If you have an item that you are unsure about, please contact the Waste Trac Education Team by May 9th.


Household Hazardous Materials Drop-off Details:

Spring drop-off volunteers place household toxic materials on the table to be sorted by chemists.

  • Bring household toxic materials for free and safe disposal
  • The drop-off is open to all Black Hawk County Residents (for
    residential hazardous waste only)
  • All materials will be safely disposed or recycled through Clean Harbors.
  • Limit of 10 florescent tube per residence
  • No paint, used oil, antifreezeappliances, or tires.
  • No hazardous waste from businesses, churches, schools, or non-profits. Many vendors have routes locally.

Examples of toxic materials that residents CAN bring to the Spring Drop-off:

  • Home items such as: clogged aerosol cans (including aerosol spray paint), **batteries (all varieties – except alkaline), LED and fluorescent light bulbs (limit of 10 compact and tube),  mercury (including switches and thermometers), moth balls, furniture/metal polish, wallpaper remover, floor care products, and various types of toxic cleaners.
  • Lawn and Garden products such as: brush killer, liquid fertilizers, insect spray, rat/mouse/gopher poison, and fungicides.
  • Garage and Workshop items such as: pool chemicals, lead acid batteries (car, truck, mower, motorcycle, etc.), concrete cleaner, acids and bases, auto cleaners, varnish, shellac, stain, car wax, brake fluid, driveway sealer, adhesives, epoxy, glues, flammables (gasoline, kerosene, and lighter fluid), roofing tar, and propane tanks.
  • The event flier (at the bottom of this page) lists a wide variety of devices that will/will not be accepted.
  • These are some examples of accepted materials. If you have a material that you are unsure about, please contact the Waste Trac Education Team by May 9th.


What residents CAN NOT bring to the Spring Drop-off Event:

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