Household Hazardous Materials Disposal Day

The Carroll County Solid Waste Management Commission will be hosting a Household Hazardous Material Disposal Day for residents of Carroll County.

The event will be held on Saturday August 29, 2020 from 9:00am – 11:00am at the Carroll County Recycling Center located at 19111 Kittyhawk Avenue, Carroll, Iowa. This event is free to any household in Carroll County. No appointments are necessary, residents will be served on a “first come, first serve” basis.

Common products that we use daily in our homes, yards and garage are considered hazardous materials. Items such as oven cleaners, rust removers, stain, varnish, oil base paint, paint remover, pesticides and fertilizers, gasoline, antifreeze and mercury thermometers.

But we often forget most batteries & light bulbs are hazardous waste as well. Rechargeable, button, laptop and phone batteries, along with fluorescent (CFL) and LED lightbulbs, belong in with your hazardous waste. When lithium ion or rechargeable batteries are crushed, they explode and cause fires in the landfill. LED & fluorescent bulbs release harmful chemicals when crushed.

Mary Wittry, Director for the Commission states, “Check labels for the terms toxic, corrosive, flammable or keep out of the reach of children. Look for the skull and crossbones symbol. If any of these words or symbols are listed, the product is hazardous and should be brought to the event.”

Needles are hazardous and problematic when not packaged correctly. Please place needles in a sharps container, or a rigid plastic container firmly duct taped shut. The most common mistake we see with sharps is placement in curbside recycling…they belong with hazardous waste.

Items such as oil filters, ammunition, explosives, asbestos, radioactive materials are not accepted at the Disposal event. Proper disposal information will be provided. Business, school and farm hazardous waste can be accepted for a charge at the event, but are encouraged to call ahead for disposal options.

Proper disposal of hazardous materials protects yourself and others, for a more detailed list of hazardous materials visit our website or call us at 712-792-5001.