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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.


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