Get rid of household hazardous materials at a collection event on Friday morning

Household hazardous materials collection event

East Side Recycling Center, 2401 Scott Blvd., Iowa City — Friday, Sept. 28, 8-11 a.m.

Photo courtesy of Iowa City Dept. of Public Works

Got a dead car battery? Old cans of varnish or paint thinner cluttering up your garage? Is there unwanted weed killer in your shed? On Friday morning residents of Iowa City, Kalona, Riverside and communities in rural area of Johnson County served by the Iowa City Landfill will be able to dispose all that and other household hazardous materials during a mobile collection event at the East Side Recycling Center, 2401 Scott Blvd.

The three-hour event starts at 8 a.m. The following items will be accepted:

• Kitchen: floor care products, furniture and metal polish, oven cleaner, stain remover, drain cleaner

• Bathroom: toilet bowl cleaner, mildew remover, abrasive cleaner, disinfectant, hair remover

• Garage: antifreeze, brake and transmission fluid, engine degreaser, battery acid, lighter fluid, kerosene, gasoline, oil, auto batteries

• Workshop: oil-based paint, adhesives, glue, resin, solvents, strippers, varnishes, stains, paint thinner, rechargeable batteries. No latex paint is accepted at mobile events.

• Lawn/garden: weed killer, pesticides, bug spray, fertilizer

• Light Bulbs: fluorescent light tubes, compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), LEDs

• Batteries: sealed lead, auto, Ni-Cd, lithium, rechargeable, watch batteries, hearing aid batteries, cellular phone batteries. Alkaline batteries are not accepted for recycling at this time. Please dispose of these in your regular trash, as they do not contain hazardous material.

• Other: photo developers, pool chemicals, shoe polish, art supply chemicals, moth balls, nail polish and remover, syringes (in rigid plastic or metal containers)

There’s no cost to participate, but this collection event is only for households, and there’s a limit of one box of hazardous materials per household. Those will more than a single boxful of hazardous material or material not on the list of acceptable items, as well as business owners wanting to get rid of something hazardous, should call the Iowa City Landfill at 319-356-5185 to make an appointment to dispose of that material.

Thoughts? Tips? A cute picture of a dog? Share them with LV »

The Future is Unwritten

You look to Little Village for today’s stories. Your sustaining support will help us write tomorrow’s.


$10/mo or $120/year
The cost of doing this work really adds up! Your contribution at this level will cover telephone and internet expenses for one month at the LV editorial offices.


$20/mo or $240/year
$240 is enough to cover one month’s costs for sending out our weekly entertainment newsletter, The Weekender. Make a contribution at this level to put a little more oomph on your support and your weekend.


$30/mo or $360/year
(AUTO-RENEW) connects eastern Iowa culture with the world. Your contribution at this level will cover the site’s hosting costs for three months. A bold move for our boldest supporters!

All monthly and annual contributors receive:

  • Recognition on our Supporters page (aliases welcome)
  • Exclusive early access when we release new half-price gift cards
  • Access to a secret Facebook group where you can connect with other supporters and discuss the latest news and upcoming events (and maybe swap pet pics?) with the LV staff
  • Invitations to periodic publisher chats (held virtually for now) to meet with Matt and give him a piece of your mind, ask your burning questions and hear more about the future plans for Little Village, Bread & Butter Magazine, Witching Hour Festival and our other endeavors.