We can accept this type of material with grocery bags at our drop site locations.
They can be taken to either Solid Waste Agency location, 1954 County Home Road or 2250 A Street SW. The fee is $1 per tire up to eight regular car tires. Have more than 8 tires and the fee is $140 per ton - that's the price the Agency pays to have them recycled.
Look for a coupon in your summer Cedar Rapids utility bill for a coupon to dispose up to 8 car or small truck tires for free. The coupon is valid through August 31.
For more information on how to recycle plastic bags, please visit www.recyclemorelinncounty.com for videos and additional explanations.
If you are no longer paying for garbage service, Cedar Rapids Solid Waste will not collect your material. I recommend taking it to the Solid Waste Agency on County Home Road.
For the cabinet question, don't worry about hardware even if you are recycling them. Our equipment can handle nails, screws and hinges. If it's mostly wood, you're all good!
Currently approximately 1.5% of the material we receive from Linn County residents is sent to the landfill from the single stream curbside program.
The recycling guidelines do vary city-by-city. Some accept glass curbside, most do not. The best way to find out is to call your hauler. Cedar Rapids and Marion operate their own trucks. Every other community uses private haulers. Call your city clerk to find out yours.
The landfill is due to contamination that is received in the material.
TVs, computers and all electronics can be recycled for no charge at either Solid Waste Agency location. 5 TVs/monitors per load, with no limit on all other electronics. The Solid Waste Agency subsidizes electronics recycling, so there is no fee for Linn County residents.
Recycling is all about separating different materials. If you have paper or other types of materials in your plastic bags it contaminates the load. It is important to remember that plastic bags should not be placed in the CURBY cart, but can be taken back to the grocery store.
The technical term for Styrofoam is “EPS”, or Expanded Polystyrene. Recycle More Linn County receives a lot of questions about EPS, but we are still assessing the need to recycle styrofoam from businesses and at drop sites in Linn County.
Plastic bags can also be taken to the City Carton Drop-off site in Cedar Rapids at 901 Ingleside Dr. SW. They have a separate container for plastic bags and the facility is available 24/7.
EPS is a lightweight material that requires expensive, special equipment to process. It weighs so little that it fuel and transportation costs for EPS often exceed the value of the worth of an entire semi load of EPS.
Unfortunately no, Solid Waste Agency services and programs are for Linn County residents.
The City of Cedar Rapids does not do garbage amnesty days any more. You are right, it was overwhelming. Instead, we offer the CleanUpCR events in the spring and fall. Residents can bring materials to the A Street facility of the Solid Waste Agency with a ticket they receive in their utility bill. We collect a variety of materials in one place and are able to recycle about 65%. www.CleanUpCR.com
Compost can be purchased by out-of-county residents for $15 per ton.
There is a market for recycled glass and City Carton Recycling will continue to accept glass.
The Solid Waste Agency accepts glass at both locations for no charge. The company we recycle it with uses it to make new beer bottles and insulation.
Single Stream refers to a system which paper, plastic, metals and other recyclables are mixed for collection versus being sorted at time of pickup.
We accept asphalt shingles for recycling at both Solid Waste Agency locations. The fee is $30 per ton instead of the regular $38 per ton garbage fee. The shingles are used by LL Pelling to make asphalt for roads.
The 1.5% is material that was collected in the Curby is material that should not have been recycled and should have been placed in the garbage.
The electronics are taken to Midwest Electronic Recovery in Walford, a certified electronics demanufacturer. They wipe everything that comes in so you do not have to if you don't want to take that step.
Cardboard is made into items such as new boxes and brown paper towels.
Plastics are recycled into numerous products such as drainage tile, carpet, new plastic bottles, plastic decking and playground equipment.
Glass is made into new glass bottles and fiberglass insulation.
The website below is a great resource for finding out what can be taken to which drop-off site.
Old car batteries, and household batteries, and used oil can be taken to either Solid Waste Agency location and recycled for no charge. 1954 County Home Road, Marion or 2250 A Street SW, Cedar Rapids.
Plastic containers should be okay with a simple rinse. All food should be removed from containers.
Join the Solid Waste Agency on September 6th to celebrate our grand opening at 1954 County Home Road, Marion. We have the Resource Recovery building, the Environmental Education Center, and much more. Food and drinks provided from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. See you then!
City Carton Recycling provides recycling for businesses and municipalities. For more information please visit our website www.citycarton.com.
If you are interested in learning more about recycling in Linn County, check out the Elite Recyclers program with the City of Cedar Rapids www.CityofCR.com/Recycle. Another good resource for your recycling answers is www.RecycleMoreLinnCounty.com.