The Black Hawk County Solid Waste Management Commission promotes the proper management of materials from Black Hawk County homes. Special drop-off events help residents safely recycle electronics and dispose of certain toxic items. With the volume of materials received during these events, the Commission relies on volunteer hours to make these events run efficiently!
Volunteer at Spring and Fall Drop-off Events
To manage the household hazardous waste and electric and electronic items from homes in Black Hawk County, the Black Hawk County Solid Waste Management Commission co-sponsors TWO drive-through style, drop-off events each year. The Spring 2021 Drop-off Event will be held in Cedar Falls (due to construction at the Waterloo site). We also partner with the City of Cedar Falls for the Fall Drop-off Event.
Approximately 700-1,000 vehicles typically participate during each of these 5 hour long events. With only the Commission Administrator and two Waste Trac Educators on staff, volunteers are VITAL to make these events possible.
We need 50-60 volunteers during each event to help with:
- directing traffic
- surveying participants
- unloading items from vehicles
- shrink-wrapping electronics for transport to the e-waste recycler’s facility
Volunteer at the Spring Drop-off Event on Saturday, April 24th (2021)
Many hands (and strong muscles!) are needed to pull off this large community recycling event. Volunteers (ages 18+) can help out for the entire length of the event 7:45AM- 2:00PM, or for a morning shift (7:45AM- 12:15PM). Both light duty and heavy lifting tasks are available. 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.
Citizens interested in volunteering are asked to call or email the Waste Trac Education Team (outreach arm of the commission) by 4 PM on Friday, April 16th so adequate volunteer supplies and food can be ordered. The Waste Trac Education Team office is coordinating and registering all the volunteers for this event. No walk-in volunteers allowed. Event will take place – rain or shine!
The Spring 2021 Volunteer Handout has more details about this opportunity, including: where to park, how to dress, and all the yummy food that will be provided! Masks are to be worn by all participants.
Add this volunteer opportunity to your Facebook calendar. You can also help us recruit volunteers by sharing this event with your fellow civic minded friends!
** Check out volunteer photos from the Fall 2019 Drop-off Event!