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Iowa's citizens, local governments, business and industry have proactively worked together to protect Iowa's environment by reducing waste, recycling, manufacturing recycled goods and buying recycled-content products. This cooperative effort has built an impressive recycling industry that creates and retains higher wage jobs and businesses.
To find specific information on a local recycling program, contact your local landfill.
Appliances frequently contain hazardous materials such as refrigerants, mercury-containing devices and PCB capacitors. Iowa requires that all discarded appliances be demanufactured by a permitted appliance demanufacturer prior to disposal.
Demanufacturers remove the hazardous components and dispose of them in an environmentally sound manner prior to recycling the metal.
There are many locations that collect discarded appliances for processing by a permitted demanufacturer. To locate a collection site near you, contact your local solid waste agency.
E-Waste (electronics waste), also known as "brown goods," refers to electronic equipment that is no longer usable or wanted. It encompasses a broad and growing range of electronic devices, including computers, TVs, cellular phones and personal stereos, digital cameras, MP3 players, DVD players and electronic games (but not including household appliances).
Today, when an electronic item breaks, it is often perceived to be more cost-effective to discard it and replace it with a new, more modern item instead of having it repaired. With technology advancing at an increasing rate, this trend will only increase, and more and more E-Waste could potentially end up in landfills.
Mercury is a naturally occurring element (Hg on the periodic table) that is found in air, water and soil. It exists in several forms: elemental or metallic mercury, inorganic mercury compounds, and organic mercury compounds. Elemental or metallic mercury is a shiny, silver-white metal and is liquid at room temperature. If heated, it is a colorless, odorless gas. Exposures to mercury can affect the human nervous system and harm the brain, heart, kidneys, lungs, and immune system. For more information regarding mercury, please visit EPA's website.
The Mercury Free Recycling Act establishes a program for the recycling of mercury switches removed from end-of-life vehicles. Vehicle manufacturers have implemented a system for the collection and recovery of mercury switches used in trunk and hood lights, including an incentive payment to vehicle recyclers of $5 for each switch recovered.
Vehicle manufacturers have implemented a system for the collection and recovery of mercury switches used in trunk and hood lights, including an incentive payment to vehicle recyclers of $5 for each switch recovered. Many vehicles manufactured prior to 2003 contain mercury convenience switches.
How to get started - To receive a collection container, prepaid shipping label, and information on locating and removing the switches call toll free (800) 495-6059 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. After signing up, you will receive information on locating and removing the mercury switches along with a storage container from the End-of-Life Vehicle Solutions Corporation (ELVS), an organization formed by auto manufacturers. Record the date the first switch was placed in the container on the Universal Waste label. As you collect the switches, record the make and model of the vehicles on the log provided. Without either the make or model or VIN numbers, you will not be able to collect the bounty.
Mercury containing ABS G-force sensors may also be removed and sent with the switches from trunk and hood lights for proper recycling at no cost, however no bounty will be paid for them. Leaking mercury switches, mercury switches from appliances, containers of mercury or any other hazardous substance should not be included in the collection container. To locate a facility for the proper disposal of any of these or any other hazardous material, please visit www.safesmartsolutions.org or contact the DNR.
Shipping and payment - When the container is full or one year from the start date on the label, use the prepaid shipping label provided with the collection container and schedule a pickup with UPS. (Information on how to do this will be provided with the container). You will receive $5 for each mercury switch. To receive a replacement bucket, call (800) 495-6059 or e-mail email@example.com 10 days before you are ready to ship your full bucket and leave your request for a replacement bucket. Provide your company name, shipping address and bucket size (small or large). A replacement bucket will be shipped to you via UPS.
For a list of vehicles containing mercury switches, videos on how to remove the switches and various other information, visit the ELVS website
Iowa Code 455D.16 establishes a program for the collection and recycling of mercury thermostats. The major provisions of the law are:
To find a thermostat collection point near you or to become a collection point, please go to: http://www.thermostat-recycle.org/
The owner of a brand of mercury thermostats that was sold in the state of Iowa is required to submit a plan for the collection of thermostats.
The following two plans have been approved:
Thermostat Recycling Corporation's Annual Reports: