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Do you drop off recycling near your home? Is it picked up at the curb or alley? Where do you find recyclables in your home? Snap a selfie and share it on social media using #IAmARecycler throughout 2022. And always be sure to check the requirements for your area about what materials can be recycled.
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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.
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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.
DNR Contact Susan Johnson 515-217-0872Susan.Johnson@dnr.iowa.gov
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.
DNR Contact Susan Johnson 515-217-0872 Susan.Johnson@dnr.iowa.gov
To find a thermostat collection point near you or to become a collection point, please go to: http://www.thermostat-recycle.org/
DNR Contact Theresa Stiner 515-725-8315 Theresa.Stiner@dnr.iowa.gov
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.
DNR contact Theresa Stiner 515-725-8315 Theresa.Stiner@dnr.iowa.gov
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/ manufacturer's plans:
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:
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