Residents in nine Iowa counties will be able to dispose of certain hazardous waste materials during Toxic Cleanup Days scheduled this spring.
Toxic Cleanup Days will be held April 17 in Hamilton and Ida counties; April 24 in Shelby County; May 8 in Adair and Des Moines counties; May 15 in Louisa and Howard counties; and May 22 in Appanoose and Dickinson counties. Residents in those counties will have the opportunity to safely and responsibly dispose of certain hazardous materials that often are stored in basements and garages. Such hazardous materials as oil based paint, flammable liquids, pesticides, and household cleaners are accepted for proper disposal. Other household hazardous materials may be accepted. Tom Anderson, environmental specialist with the DNR, said appointments are required to assure participant convenience. Persons planning to dispose of hazardous materials should check with their TCD coordinator for a complete list of accepted items and to schedule an appointment. Materials will be accepted from urban and rural households only.
Toxic Cleanup Days (TCD) are held periodically across the state to give residents an opportunity to properly dispose of waste materials that are hazardous or prohibited during normal trash collections. They are jointly sponsored and funded by the DNR and local agencies in the counties where the events are being held.
The DNR is currently looking at phasing out Toxic Cleanup Days in favor of Regional Collection Centers, which would give residents increased opportunities to dispose of hazardous materials. "Toxic Cleanup Days are limited by when and where they are held," Anderson said. "By going to Regional Collection Centers, which would have set business hours, residents could dispose of their hazardous materials when it is more convenient for them. In fact most Regional Collection Centers have mobile units that travel to each town in their service area to collect these hazardous materials further increasing participant convenience".
Following is a list of spring Toxic Cleanup Days, including coordinator, sponsoring agency, address, phone number, date and location.
Adair County Sanitary Landfill
1645 Iowa Highway 25
Menlo, Iowa 50164
Adair County Fairgrounds
Rathbun Area Solid Waste Commission
1209 South 18th St.
Centerville, Iowa 52544
Appanoose County Fairgrounds
DES MOINES COUNTY
Des Moines County Emergency
512 North Main
Burlington, Iowa 52601
Des Moines County Fairgrounds
Dickinson County Conservation Board
1924 240th Street
Milford, Iowa 51351
City of Milford maintenance building
Hamilton County Solid Waste Commission
Webster City Municipal Building
400 Second Street
Webster City, Iowa 50595
Hamilton County Landfill
Craig Fencl, Howard County Recycling
Howard County Courthouse
137 North Elm Street
Cresco, Iowa 52136
Howard County Fairgrounds
Richard Madsen, Ida County Sanitarian
Ida County Courthouse
401 Moorehead St.
Ida Grove, Iowa 51445
Ida County Sanitary Landfill
Louisa County Conservation Board
P.O. Box 261
609 James L. Hodges Ave.
Wapello, Iowa 52653
Louisa County Fairgrounds
Shelby County Area Solid Waste Agency
1129 1200th St.
Harlan, Iowa 51537
Shelby County Recycling Transfer Station
This article originally appeared in the March 5, 1999 issue, pp. 22-23.