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Household chemicals should be used in the manner for which they were intended, so try giving leftovers to a friend or neighbor if you can't use them. Never discard chemicals on the ground! Most residential-type hazardous chemicals, like cleansers, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, automotive products, and mercury found in thermostats and thermometers are accepted at the Haz Chem Center near the Des Moines County Regional Landfill. The Haz Chem Center manages a Swap Shop where you may be able to obtain products at no charge. For your safety, an appointment is always necessary, so call 319-753-8758. or visit Haz Chem Center
Automotive products like motor oil, antifreeze, brake fluid, transmission fluid, carburetor cleaner and similar products should be taken to the HazChem Center for free disposal in containers no larger than 5 gallons. Speedlube and Advance Auto Parts may accept used motor oil for free but there is a limit to how much they can take each day, so you should call them first. Antifreeze may be poured down the drain with generous amounts of water, but the preferable disposal option would be to take it to the HazChem Center. For your safety, materials are accepted at the HazChem Center by appointment only, so always call first! The number is 319-753-8758.