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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.
On July 1, 2020, Iowa’s requirements for vehicle manufacturers to provide a system for the recovery of mercury- containing switches from vehicles (Iowa Code 455B.803) will end. This includes the $5 bounty auto manufacturers pay for each recovered mercury switch.
What’s not changing:
Auto manufacturers, as part of a national, voluntary, agreement, will continue to provide collection containers and free recycling of recovered switches to vehicle recyclers until December 31, 2021. This will continue to be done through the End-of-Life Vehicle Solutions (ELVS) program. The requirement for mercury switches to be removed prior to delivery to a scrap recycling facility remains in place.
Send in your bucket!
In order to receive the bounty for switches already collected:
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: