Regional Collection Centers (RCCs) are permanent collection facilities designed to assist the public and conditionally exempt small quantity generator (CESQG) businesses with proper management and disposal of household hazardous materials. RCC programs allow households and businesses to safely manage hazardous materials they may have, minimizing the product’s impact on the environment and improving the health and safety of homes and businesses.
RCCs accept specific types of hazardous waste for disposal either through local outlets or through contracted service. Many RCCs also provide a materials exchange (Swap Shop) where persons can drop off usable materials for others to use at no charge. This saves money and reduces the disposal of usable materials. RCCs also provide HHM education on such topics as HHM concerns and proper purchasing, use and storage of HHMs.
Iowa’s Regional Collection Center Program Brochure
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There are three types of RCCs:
RCC Main Facility: a permanent facility where the public has ongoing access to properly manage and dispose of hazardous waste. Main facilities package the HHMs they receive from their satellite facilities for recycling or disposal, arrange for final collection from a licensed hazardous waste contractors, conduct mobile collection events and provide public awareness and education. There are 26 facilities statewide.
RCC Satellite Facility: a permanent facility that has a contractual agreement with a main RCC facility where the public has regular access to properly manage and dispose of hazardous waste. There are 38 satellite facilities in Iowa.
RCC Mobile Service: through contractual agreement with a main RCC facility, mobile collection events are held in communities of member counties. Iowa has 29 counties with RCC Mobile Service.
What are the benefits of having a RCC?
Permit Application and Resources
- Safe, free disposal for residents
- Convenient, permanent availability, often year-round
- Decrease in hazardous exposures to your family and pets from storing HHMs
- Increased surface water and groundwater protection through proper disposal
- Available for eligible small businesses and schools
- Public awareness and presentations relating to HHM concerns